Soko Tierschutz — Factory Farm Investigations (2020)


Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of €270,000 ($297,291 at the time of conversion) over two years to Soko Tierschutz to support investigations and publicity on fish and poultry welfare in Germany and Eastern Europe. Approximately 150 million farmed birds and 20 million farmed fish are alive in Germany at any time. Soko Tierschutz investigations have generated media coverage in Germany and elsewhere.

This follows our March 2019 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

Soko Tierschutz — Factory Farm Investigations

An investigation into duck farming in Hungary. (Photo courtesy of Soko Tierschutz)

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Soko Tierschutz staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to Soko Tierschutz to conduct and publicize investigations at factory farms in Germany and Eastern Europe. This funding will enable Soko Tierschutz to hire an investigator and cover all of their costs for multiple investigations over the course of one year. We believe these investigations will support the corporate and policy advocacy of other animal welfare groups.

This is a discretionary grant and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.