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anonymous organic doesn't guarantee humane July 23, 2004 1:19 AM

beware all meat and dairy consumers: ORGANIC DOESN'T GUARANTEE HUMANE! for example, horizon dairy products-they factory farm! just because you eat them doesn't mean they should suffer.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
Misleading labelling July 23, 2004 2:15 AM

Unfortunately, Anonymous, you are absolutely right about this. You really need to know exactly what the different terms on the labels mean, in order to be sure that you're actually getting what you think you are. Here in Norway, you can buy eggs that say "free-range". However, this only means that the chickens aren't in cages, they are all placed in one big room indoors, where they can move "freely", but aren't allowed to go outside. Also, because there are A LOT of chickens in the same room, there's the risk of them killing each other from stress and such. Luckily, we have the term "Ecological" which is used on labels here, which means that the animals can move freely wherever they want, outside or inside, their feed is organic etc. Also, the farmers that are labeled "Ecological" usually use small, local slaughterhouses, where they deal with one animal at a time, and make sure that the animals aren't stressed or hurt unnecessarily. Also it saves the animals from being transported for hours or even days in cramped and stressful conditions. I don't eat a lot of meat, but when I buy pork, I make sure it's from one specific farm in the South of Norway, where the pigs can run around on the farm, and also have wooded areas where they can go for shade. They also eat nuts and other stuff they find in the woods, which gives them a nice flavour. I do feel really bad about eating meat at all a lot of times, but I'd much rather eat something which had a happy life than something pumped full of antibiotics and tortured for it's entire life on a factory farm...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous The best option that's quickly disappearing July 26, 2004 9:59 AM

The best option is either to raise your own animals or buy directly from farmers who practice humane farming, egg production, and dairy practices. I grew up on farm fresh milk that was not homogenized, the cream floated to the top. My parents almost yearly purchased whole or half beef carcasses from farmers who delivered them to the butcher's for packaging. I believe they were slaughtered on the farm.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 March 22, 2007 3:42 PM

Getting your own animals is an option, but you have to check the ordinaces on where you live, some cities will allow you to keep a few hens for eggs if you want. If you want to buy fresh, humane products, go to local Farmer's markets or ask around to find where to buy. I have chickens (For eggs, pets, and show) and we get fresh, humane eggs, everyday!

For info on keeping chickens as pets and for eggs go to

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Perhaps it helps to ask others September 09, 2007 2:26 PM

I know several muslim families where I used to work who once a year obtain a live goat (there is a ritualistic slaughter that is an important event within their religious practices).  I'm certain if I inquired where they got it, since Halal meat is important to them, I would discover that it was a locally bred and raised goat.  Since goat meat isn't hugely popular in the U.S. (it can be a little gamey), the farms probably don't have a large population of goats all crowded together, and they are probably well cared-for.  If you like goat meat, that may be worth looking into.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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