In 1984, FACT launched the NEST EGGS®
Project. The project was designed
to demonstrate that farmers would make money selling eggs from uncaged
hens. The Nest Eggs Project produced eggs from approximately 675,000
hens without cages on its farms. More importantly, the project helped
create a new market niche which allowed numerous producers across the
country to produce eggs more humanely from millions of hens.
In 1986, FACT launched the
Rambling Rose Brand Veal Project. FACT developed a
husbandry system for raising veal calves on pasture instead of in
crates. The project successfully demonstrated that the resulting pink
veal could be sold to leading American chefs. The project was terminated
in 1991 because costs increased in such a way that it became preferable
to raise the calves to full size for beef.
In 1988, FACT launched its
Public Health Program to advocate for farming
practices that would protect human health, improve the safety of meat,
milk, and eggs and promote the humane husbandry of food animals.
In 1991, FACT started a major, on-farm research project titled,
Control of Salmonella in Egg
Production. The project was carried out on the
pullet-raising and egg-producing farms that participated in the Eggs
Project in Pennsylvania. This was the first and, at the time, the most
comprehensive Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) control program for eggs in
In 1998, FACT initiated its
Humane Farming Program to promote welfare-friendly,
sustainable husbandry systems that broaden opportunities for family
farmers, and to conduct research to better understand the impact of
husbandry practices on animal welfare and food safety.
In 2005, FACT's Executive Director, Richard Wood, became the
chairperson of the
Keep Antibiotics Working
(KAW) coalition, the
campaign to end the routine use of antibiotics with healthy animals.
In 2006, FACT launched its multi-year
Humane and Sustainable Dairy Project,
a research program to address the many problems in dairy farming,
specifically the heat stress encountered by animals in the Southwest.
The project was completed in 2009 and tested several simple changes,
such using shade coverings and sprinkler systems, that dairies could
make to improve the welfare of their cows and calves.
In 2009, FACT launched the
Filthy Feed Campaign,
an initiative designed to end the dirty and dangerous practice of
feeding poultry litter to cows. FACT petitioned the FDA to ban this
practice out of concern for human and animal health.
FACT presented its humane education workshops to over 200 children in
Chicago. Launched in October 2009, FACT’s
Education project seeks to cultivate compassion for farm
animals among young people. To prepare for this project, staff members
completed training to become Certified Humane Education Specialists
Humane Society University. Staff members also developed three
interactive workshops for children aged five to seven:
The Awesome Adventures of Sweet Pea the
The Egg-cellent Adventures of Rhoda the
Hannah Moo-tana and the Case of the
FACT’s brand of humane
education relies on a creative mix of animal stories, puppetry, and
yoga-inspired movement. In each workshop, children learn basic yoga
poses while listening to a story that teaches the importance of being
kind towards all creatures.