Humane Eateries Across America
How it works: I speak with chefs and owners about their menus or read menus online to determine if there is a steady commitment to serving ethically raised meat.
[Please note: this list is a work in progress. Let me know of any places that should be considered]
Alas, I cannot independently verify any restaurant’s humane claim.
A Short Guide to Eating Out
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…
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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:
- 100% grass-fed
- Grass-fed, then minimally grain-finished
- Pasture raised or raised outdoors on soil
- Certified organic
- Free range
- Humane certified
Here's a page on meat labels that can help you navigate a restaurant menu.