Working towards a more compassionate world through education and advocacy

"The greatness of a nation and its 

moral progress can be judged by the

way in which its animals are treated.


- Mahatma Gandhi

Milestones in our List of Achievements

The South African branch of Compassion in World Farming started out as Humanity for Hens (HforH) in 1990.

At the time there was not a single free range egg available in any supermarket anywhere in South Africa. In fact, when free range eggs did become available in 1991 following some serious lobbying of supermarkets by HforH and its supporters, the Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger telephoned HforH to ask what a free range hen was called in Afrikaans!  Our effort at that stage to have battery farming tested in open court on the grounds that it contravened the Animals Protection Act on three counts (‘maiming’, ‘unnecessary suffering’ and ‘inadequate space’) was unsuccessful.

Other achievements include...


  • 1991: Free range eggs become available in supermarkets for the first time.

  • 1996: Exposure of the live plucking of ostriches (this practice is now banned).   

  • 2002: Undercover footage of slaughter in SA which resulted in the banning of the so-called devil’s fork in Kosher slaughter.

  • 2004: Woolworths goes ‘uncaged’ in all its stores nationwide, stocking only free range eggs. Woolworth’s CEO at the time, Mr Simon Susman, gave all credit for this to Compassion in World Farming (SA)’s  campaign to highlight the cruelties involved in the battery egg industry.

  • Exposure of painful ammonia burns found on the feet of broiler chickens as a result of filthy litter.

  • Exposure of the plight of male dairy calves which are considered by the dairy industry to be ‘surplus’  and are sold for next-to-nothing to poor people who do not have the means or know-how to feed them adequately. Many thousands die painfully of dehydration.

  • Exposure on the antibiotic residue – especially tetracycline – found in the muscle of broiler chickens in excess of permissible amounts (in co-operation with the University of the Western Cape).

  • Exposure of the plight of breeding sows trapped in metal crates in South Africa. Please click here for more information and video footage.



Today, Compassion’s campaigns and education resources have put nearly 1-million laying hens onto free range and 40 000 of the 100 000 breeding sows in South Africa are now out of gestation crates and into group housing on deep litter for the largest part of their pregnancies.

We still have a long way to go! With your help we can do it! Please donate, click here to make a donation.

Consumer  power!


Compassion’s umbrella organisation The Humane Education Trust distributes Humane Education resources to school nationwide.


In  2012, a Grade 7 class at Golden Grove Primary School, as part of our Consumer Awareness programme, visited Dundarach Poultry Farm in Noorder Paarl. Dundarach provides both battery eggs and free range eggs to Pick n Pay supermarkets around South Africa and, in fact, was the first farm to start offering free range eggs as a result of the HforH campaign, back in 1990.


Following this visit, the learners decided to write letters to Pick n Pay requesting that the trays of 18 eggs be made available in free range too! We thank Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Pick n Pay’s Director of Transformation for her prompt reaction to the learners’ request.  Pick n Pay now offers free range eggs in the trays of 18 which makes them cheaper!