What is humanely raised meat?
If only humanely raised had a clear meaning. Instead, farmers and food companies define it differently, depending on their knowledge and beliefs about animals. Which means you have to define it for yourself.
“Wait,” you’re thinking, “I just want to go shopping and know what’s humane. Please tell me!”
I could, but try to determine what humanely raised means to you by clicking the green links below. Then go buy meat that matches your ethical standards.
What “humanely raised” can mean:
There are many different ways to raise farm animals humanely — click the green links below and choose the approaches that feel right to you:
But let’s agree…
Even though “humanely raised” can be defined differently, it should never mean that:
- Animals are raised in cages
- Animals are raised in tightly crowded barns
- Animals live without “enrichments” – objects that allow them to express natural behaviors
- Animals are routinely given feed that risks making them sick
Unfortunately, nearly all animals raised for food in America are raised in these ways. Change will only happen as more people (such as yourself) choose alternative products. Consumer demand = change!
For more insight into farm animal welfare, check out Humaneitarian’s list of books & films.
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