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Writing on humane farming issues by Caroline Abels, founder of Humaneitarian.
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Podcast: The Green Up Girl interviews Humaneitarian’s founder

January 17, 2015 - one response

Podcasts are quite the thing these days. So I was honored to be interviewed for a fine one, The Green Up Girl’s “Greener By Choice.”  I met the host, CS Wurzberger, at the Livestock Conservancy’s conference on heritage breeds last year. We discovered our mutual love of animals and CS graciously invited me for a chat.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here – or go to iTunes and search for “Greener By Choice.” (CS is also posting fascinating podcasts […]

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On Superbowl Sunday: A nose-to-tailgate?

January 8, 2015 - one response

Better meat in sports stadiums… wouldn’t that be fabulous? You’d rise at the 7th inning stretch to go buy a humanely raised hot dog, bypassing all the factory farmed hot dogs and burgers that tend to send humaneitarians scurrying to the French fry line.

Encouragingly, humane meat has recently been available in at least one major sports stadium: Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, which sells grass-fed beef hot dogs and burgers from Shire Gate Farm. That’s the farm owned by Will Witherspoon, […]

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Become a humaneitarian in 2015

December 29, 2014 - 2 responses

Regardless of where you fall on the humaneitarian/meat-eating spectrum, there are so many ways you can boost your humane meat consumption this year — on your own terms, in your own time, on your particular budget.

Already, a growing number of people around the country are basing their meat purchases on how the animal was raised. These humaneitarians — before they buy meat in a grocery store, before they order meat in a restaurant — try to determine if the meat […]

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This holiday: Go on a wild goose chase

December 20, 2014 - no responses

Set a roast goose on your holiday table and your family or friends will have a lot to talk about: What does goose taste like?  How are geese raised?  What do you do with goose fat?  Who the heck eats goose anymore?

What’s more, you can regale your guests with goose idioms — chestnuts in the English language both familiar and obscure, such as:

to cook someone’s goose (to spoil someone’s plans or bring about their downfall)
 what’s sauce for the goose is sauce […]

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When factory farmers rebel…

December 11, 2014 - 4 responses

Ah, we humans… we’re fiercely loyal to our tribe — the people we work with, our local sports team, our family, our country… until we realize our tribe is engaging in offensive acts, and we fiercely disapprove, and we turn on our tribe and tell other tribes what’s going on.

Regardless of what you think of Edward Snowden, he is the most high-profile example of a whistleblower lately. And now we have a farmer example: Craig Watts, who works for Perdue and […]

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How to buy a humanely raised turkey

November 3, 2014 - no responses


Order early. Order early. Order early!

I write this three times because if you want a pastured turkey for Thanksgiving, small farms tend to sell out early, so mind the calendar — and pick up that phone!

Actually, wait. Before you pick up the phone, decide if you want a pasture-raised turkey or not. As you might know, turkeys evolved in the wild, where they could run around, flap their wings, eat insects, breathe fresh air, and nest in trees. On pasture-based […]

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Action Opportunity: Ask USDA for a clear “humane” label

October 7, 2014 - no responses

Rarely do we get a chance to make change in the world of meat labeling. But thanks to leadership by the Animal Welfare Institute, we consumers can now write to the USDA and ask that “humanely raised” labels be made clear and straightforward.

It’s not a clear and straightforward term, remember. “Humanely raised” can mean different things to different people, and this wide range of opinions is reflected in the wide range of “humanely raised” products now in the marketplace: the phrase is slapped on […]

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ASPCA: Cue the chicken

September 18, 2014 - no responses

Who hasn’t cried a little — or turned away — when they’ve seen those heartbreaking ASPCA commercials featuring Sarah McLachlan?  Photos of sorrowful puppies and kittens linger on the screen while tearful music plays in the background. The point is to raise money for the ASPCA, a nonprofit that primarily engages in rescue and shelter work for pets.

These days, however, the ASPCA wouldn’t mind if you also shed a tear for America’s factory farm meat chickens — who are not as cuddly […]

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“Humanely raised”: the label to ignore

August 27, 2014 - 2 responses

I spend my days urging meat eaters to choose humanely raised meat.  I encourage people to ask, “Is that humanely raised?” before buying an animal product. I invite folks to figure out what “humanely raised” means to them.

I care deeply about the phrase “humanely raised.”  Which is why I’m urging you to pretty much ignore the phrase “humanely raised.”

On food labels and signs, I mean. We can keep using it in our daily speech. But when you realize that “humanely […]

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Gathering the herd: The first “Meat-Up”

August 8, 2014 - 2 responses

Next week, the first gathering of the Northern Vermont Humane Meat-Up will take place. This is a new group that’s open to anyone interested in talking about (and eating!) humanely raised meat — ordinary consumers, humane farmers, people who know a lot about humane purchasing, people who know nothing at all…

The idea is to start meeting each other. Early in the days of veganism and vegetarianism, people gathered in little groups, and eventually held conventions, and that’s how these worthy […]

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