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 that very little of your money is supporting factory farms; these places serve mostly humanely raised meat in their dishes. (See sidebar for how I define “humanely raised.”)
How it works: A restaurant is listed here if Humaneitarian knows that the chef or owner demonstrates a particular interest in farm animal welfare. 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 and believes that "humanely raised meat" should at least be anything that wasn't raised according to the standard, dominant factory farm model.
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
Of course, if you have a narrower definition of "humane," you'll have a different interpretation of what a humane restaurant is. Here's a page on meat labels that can help you.