After moving to Vermont in 2009, I decided to give up factory farmed meat. Although humanely raised meats were available, I found there was no online resource to help people shift their daily eating habits toward humane products. So I coined the word humaneitarian and put together this website, drawing on my experience as a newspaper reporter and editor. (I worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for six years and am currently the editor of Vermont’s Local Banquet.)
Being an “ordinary eater” (I’m not a farmer or animal scientist, and not affiliated with any food company or advocacy group) has allowed me to figure out what ordinary eaters need to know to eat humanely. I’ve also learned a lot from my part-time work on dairy and livestock farms in Vermont. Because this website tries to tackle a big and often emotional topic, I’ve tried to present it as accurately and fairly as possible. I hope it will be of help.
Please write with feedback. Share your experience of being a humaneitarian. And keep the animals in mind.
Caroline Abels (Carrie)