If you are concerned about the humane treatment of food animals (including dairy and egg animals) then the best thing to do is to not eat meat or meat by products. There is no such thing as humane slaughter. With the overwhelming amount of animals slaughtered everyday just to feed Americans there is an unspeakable amount of certified cruelty that goes into meat production.
Even small farms can not state that they are humane. Every cow that gives milk has to have been pregnant in order to do so and what happened to the calf?? For every egg that is laid countless male chicks are killed because they do not grow big enough to use for meat.
If your concern is for the animals as well as for your own health benefit the best thing you can do is to say good-bye to consuming death and hello to consuming an organic healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts.
I encourage you to avoid eating meat if you are concerned about how the animals were handled. And only buy eggs from farmers you know--laying chickens suffer some of the worst treatment of all on industry farms.
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Hi, PJGABRIEL. It’s not my intention to insult farmers. I just need answers that I can believe in.
“Food, Inc.”, “Fast Food Nation”, and “Meet Your Meat” taught me that "Meet Your Meat" style raising and slaughtering is common practice for commercial meat. Those practices drove me to find small farm suppliers. I appreciate their cage-free style of raising the animals.
My issue is what I still don't know. I've seen the Certified Organic requirements for dairy. It requires humane treatment while the animals are raised, and while they're in transport, but is eerily silent concerning slaughter ... even though veal is a direct byproduct of producing dairy products.
Food Inc stated that there are only something like 11 slaughtering houses in the entire US. Do farmers send their animals to those CAFOs (for final fattening) and to slaughter houses? Do the farmers do the slaughtering themselves? If so, how? I don’t know. Surely each farm has its own solution that works best for them. Honestly, I don’t think I could believe a verbal response without proof, from the farmers at the farmers’ market. How would I know if they’re telling the truth, or telling a story to make a sale?
The movies taught me that not knowing the answers to the important questions is unacceptable. Having a Certified Humane label would be ideal for me. With a certification, I can find the farm on the Certified Humane website, and know that they were thoroughly inspected by qualified people.
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Most farmers do not do what PETA shows, they shoe extremely bad cases, and they are corporate farms, not your local family farm. My sister and her husband raise their own beef and lambs, and they are very involved with the process, and it is nothing like what they show on this extreme programs. In fact it upsets them when they see these programs because it taints everyone's view and is so far from reality.
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I stopped eating pork and beef for a while, including in restaurants, when I didn't know what else to do. After watching the entire Meet Your Meat video, there was NO way I was going back, and that's exactly why I forced myself to watch the whole thing. Seriously, it's on a whole other level than Food, Inc..
I bought my first CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture share) this year. It's for veggies from a large, local, organic farm. My pick up is at a nearby farmers' market. There are two local farmers at the farmers' market who produce antibiotic-free, hormone-free meats. One produces beef, the other pork. This was my second week buying their products.
It's better than buying commercial meats, but I'm still frustrated and unhappy. Without a Certified Humane label, I don't really know that their slaughtering processes aren't just as bad as the commercial ones in PETA's Meet Your Meat film. And this isn't a long term solution. I can only buy those products, 10 miles away, during a 5.5 hour window, one day a week. What I want is the convenience we're starting to have with Certified Organic products. They're labeled, so we know the minimum standards, and we can buy them at any time in many grocery stores.
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