Saving lives around the world by exposing the truth.


Investigations are the most powerful tool we have to expose the cruel and abusive treatment of animals inside the secretive world of industrial animal agriculture.

Our undercover investigators document and help end horrific animal abuse. Their work is frequently featured in the media, encouraging consumers to make more informed decisions each time they choose what to eat. It also persuades policymakers and companies to make meaningful changes for animals.


Since we were founded in 2006, Animal Equality investigators have filmed inside more than 700 factory farms and slaughterhouses across 13 countries. The footage we have obtained has helped launch several major campaigns that have changed the world for animals.

Several of our investigations have been first of their kind looks into the secretive animal agriculture industry. In 2008, Animal Equality made history when we became the first organization to infiltrate slaughterhouses in Spain. In both Mexico and Brazil, we conducted the first ever investigations into the cruel egg industry, igniting conversations about the way animals are treated.


Our investigations have helped inform the legislative process in several countries. Following an Animal Equality investigation, we introduced legislation to the Mexican Senate that would criminalize cruelty to farmed animals.

At the European Parliament, a measure to develop a ban on cages for rabbits was successfully passed. This was, according to Politico magazine, a direct result of Animal Equality’s work.

Investigations are also an important tool for shutting down animal exploitation facilities. Following Animal Equality investigations, authorities ordered the closure of a foie gras farm in Spain and a pig farm in the UK.

It was also our investigations that helped achieve historic sentences for workers convicted of farmed animal cruelty in both Spain and the UK.


Our brave investigators have a mission: exposing animal cruelty. They go to great lengths to ensure that defenseless animals are given a voice. Investigators document the shocking yet standard practices on factory farms by going undercover.

Combining social media with advanced technologies, they live stream hidden camera footage over the Internet. They go underwater to film the brutal killing of tuna and take to the sky with drones to film the environmental impacts of industrial farming. The pioneering use of 360-degree cameras gives the global public a virtual first-hand view inside cruel factory farms. It is changing people’s attitudes towards farmed animals.

Hidden cameras

Animal Equality uses the latest hidden camera technology to bring animal abuse to light around the world. Wired with the latest devices we have uncovered time again that there is no such thing as humane factory farming.

Underwater filming

Our brave team of investigators also goes underwater to capture shocking images of cruelty. This endeavor is challenging, but necessary, as aquatic animals are some of the most abused on the planet. Animal Equality meets these unique difficulties with creativity and by using modern devices. Our underwater work has uncovered cruelty such as the killing of tuna in Carloforte Italy, a first of its kind investigation that was featured in the documentary Cowspiracy.

360-degree virtual reality

As technology advances so do we, that is why Animal Equality has pioneered the use of 360-degree virtual reality cameras to film animal abuse. Animal Equality was the first organization to shoot with 360 cameras and release virtual reality films giving viewers a uniquely realistic perspective inside farms and slaughterhouses.

Drone filming

Using these modern devices to film waste pools from the air to prove the massive pollution of factory farming in Spain and Italy, or to show the cruelty behind the largest ritual killing in the world in Nepal, Animal Equality reaches the sky to help animals around the world.



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Intensive trawling in the Mediterranean Sea

An Animal Equality undercover investigator managed to get access to a Sardinian fishing boat to show what happens during a day of trawling.


Rabbit slaughterhouse exposed

Animal Equality reveals the terrifying reality of industrial slaughterhouses thanks to a new investigation carried out in a rabbit slaughterhouse located in Lombardy, Italy.

The images obtained by an Animal Equality’s investigator while working undercover, show the systematic violence to which rabbits reared for meat in Italy are subjected every day.

United Kingdom

Hens left to suffer and die in cages for eggs sold in the UK

An investigation by Animal Equality reveals scenes of severe animal suffering on a Dorset farm supplying ‘Big & Fresh’ eggs stocked by major UK retailers. Hidden camera footage reveals the caged hens were only checked-on once in four days by farm staff, a clear violation of welfare laws.


Animal abuse at pig farm that supplies El Pozo

Animal Equality, in collaboration with the Spanish TV programme Salvados, has revealed devastating scenes of extreme animal suffering on a Spanish pig farm which supplies El Pozo – a meat brand stocked by Morrisons, Amazon UK and some British butcher shops.

Documenting the reality of animals in factory farms helps to create positive change for these animals. Being an undercover investigator has been the most rewarding challenge of my life.


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