You walk into a restaurant… determined to eat meat there only if it’s been humanely raised. You’re willing to go vegetarian if there’s no meat that matches your morals, but you hope they have something.
Ideally… you would have called the restaurant earlier, or looked at their website. The best time to ask about the meat is before you arrive.
If you can’t get information ahead of time, here are a few potential scenarios that could unfold at your table…
Humane Eateries Across America
A list of American restaurants that make
a significant commitment to humanely raised meat
Why it matters: You can eat at these places knowing there’s a good chance you’ll find humanely raised meat there (but always ask where the meat came from – sources change often). See sidebar for definition of “humane.”
How it works: A restaurant is listed here if Humaneitarian knows that the chef or owner is committed to ethically raised meat and that this kind of meat is served there regularly. This list is updated twice a year (January and July). Alas, I cannot independently verify any restaurant’s claim.
Let me know of any places that should be considered!
This list is just getting started… check back often for updates…
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Everyone defines "humane" differently. Humaneitarian takes a broad, inclusive view: that "humanely raised meat" should at least come from animals that weren't raised in the standard, factory farm way.
So a humane restaurant might serve any of the following kinds of meat in a majority of its dishes:
- 100% grass-fed
- Grass-fed primarily, then minimally grain-finished
- Pasture raised or raised outdoors on bedded pack
- Certified organic
- Free range
- Humane certified
Here's a page on meat labels that can help you navigate a restaurant menu.