Visualizing Chicken Factory Farms

Are you ready for the next Data for a Cause challenge? This time we are making data visualizations for The Humane League and their 88% campaign.

The mission of The Humane League is to reduce animal suffering by inspiring change at all levels. They advocate for reform at the corporate and institutional level through animal welfare campaigns targeting specific companies, from Starbucks to Philadelphia’s public school system to every major food service company.

88% of animals in factory farms are chickens. There are no meaningful legal protections for these birds, and their lives and deaths are full of suffering. The typical concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) facility has at least 125000 broiler chickens or 82000 laying hens at any given time. The Humane League are asking companies to adopt progressive welfare standards that address health issues, eliminate current cruel slaughter methods, end pain, and suffering, and improve chickens’ environment by adding natural enrichments and giving them more room.

Do you want to help to reduce animal suffering in factory farms? Join the Data for a Cause challenge to get access to the dataset and create a visualization for The Humane League.

We have data for hundreds of concentrated animal feeding operations across the United States. Here is raw data view of farms in Maryland for some inspiration:

Factory farms in Maryland


September 11, 2017 The challenge begins. Challenge participants are the first to find out about it.

September 21, 2017 Submission deadline. Gathering and analysis of data visualizations begins.

September 22, 2017

Review of the entries by The Humane League begins. Once the review is complete, the winners are announced.

Sign up to join the challenge, and do good with data!