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Ethical Meat Producing companies. May 17, 2005 5:13 PM

Since so many of us seem to have a concern about making sure that our meat products are ethically produced, I thought it might be nice to have a list of companies whose meats are ethically raised and marketed.THe first one I found as I was searching was in the UK..

The Real Meat Company
They advertise and permit their farming to be televised..

Heres what they have to say about their methods "Richard Guy and Gilly Metherell, combined their ethical beliefs and farming expertise by setting up The Real Meat Company that they run from their property where the Farm is being filmed.

The company is dedicated to producing the safest, kindest meat available.

"The Real Meat Company was set up by people who believe meat can be produced in a caring, compassionate way - for those who want the best or not at all," says Richard.

Would anyone else like to add one, so that we have a running list?
Blessings.. Robbi.

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 May 18, 2005 1:58 AM

Great idea, Robbi!  [ send green star]  [ accepted] May 18, 2005 8:32 PM

The Animal Compassion Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life of farm animals through educational services and research aimed at assisting ranchers and meat producers around the world to achieve a higher standard of animal welfare excellence.

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This has some good information Mark May 28, 2005 12:38 PM

Thank you very much for posting it..

 It seems a lot more difficult to find good companies here than itdoes in other countries..  I would think that would not be the case, but it is.. STill digging to see what I am able to find closer to my area. THis is the largest beef producing state, yet I find minimal information on ethical farming..  I can honestly say I've never seen animals abused or mistreated here, they usually have miles to roam and are not confined to small areas, which isn't to sy that it doesn't happen. I would think thate would be some information on ethical beef producing, especially in this area..even if only a brag page.


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AWESOME article June 02, 2005 1:50 PM

I really enjoyed reading this, and it gave me some super new choices for ethical meat companies..
I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did..
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A super resource!!! June 06, 2005 1:50 PM

A search engine that lets you in put your country, your state and find a certified humane meat producer close to you geographically

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 June 17, 2006 11:21 PM

I've often wondered if Laura's Lean Beef, Coleman beef (found at Fresh Fields), and Amish Select are all from places who humanely raise their livestock.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thanks September 21, 2006 2:28 PM

Great thread  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
ethical meat co.'s December 17, 2006 7:53 AM

If it seems hard to find/locate an ethical meat co. on the list, a good way to go is per their "rules", an animal cannot be treated or killed in any type of painful manner (plus they are much pickier after the fact checking for diseases, much more than U.S.D.A.---no kosher foods have ever had a problem w/ e.-coli, etc.)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
kosher meats January 19, 2007 7:50 AM

hello.. i wonder about kosher meats   gary null ( is a vegan against meat.. even though my family eats meat i still listen to him but he had a program talking about how kosher meat is still a painful process.. he described it ect.. and then asked.. would you like your family pet going through that? it didnt sound very painless ...  but this was his view so I don't know what to believe.

I see on the list in one of the posts that meat sold at Whole Foods /Fresh Fields is certified humane.. I guess I still wonder.. I wish descriptions were given of how they kill them.. Ive gone to the coleman beefs website and they dont go into any detail

Im in VA and am willing to order online .. if anyone knows a good place that I can order from that would be lovely... I wrote to the Real Meat company in the UK to see if they do any U.S. orders.. will see.. although Im sure it will be super pricey if they do...

Id also be willing to visit farms in my area to purchase meat.. like make a monthly trip to the country and stock up...

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 December 04, 2007 11:24 AM

Here is a link that allows you to find local farms that sell meat, eggs, milk, etc... from humanely raised livestock in your state.

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Laura's Lean Beef December 04, 2007 11:30 AM

Also, here is a reply I got to an e-mail I sent to Laura's Lean  Beef this week:



To sign up for our Preferred Customer Program and receive periodic mailings including coupons, recipes and cooking tips, please visit

To learn more about what makes Laura's Lean Beef different, click on

And for the latest recipes and cooking tips, go to

Thank you for your email. We appreciate your interest in Laura's Lean Beef!

Laura's Lean Beef maintains a humane environment for its cattle. Raised on family farms on natural grains and grasses, the cattle are well taken care of. Personnel from Laura's Lean Beef regularly visit the farms to ensure proper treatment. Our Cattle Contract is very specific as far as the treatment of our cattle and space requirements to prevent overcrowding. We have to; using no antibiotics means we have to prevent infection by using good animal handling practices. And as always, no growth hormones or antibiotics are ever given to the cattle in the Laura's Lean Beef program.

Humane treatment of animals is a priority for Laura's Lean Beef, and we process our beef in facilities that maintain the highest standards. Our beef is processed in facilities which have been designed in consultation with the foremost experts in the area of livestock handling and treatment. This environment helps to minimize stress on the animals. Humane certification is something we are considering for the future if the retail prices can be unaffected.

I'd be happy to send you more information about Laura's Lean Beef including coupons and recipes by mail. Just reply back with your complete mailing address or use the Preferred Customer link below. Be assured your information remains private. We do NOT sell, share or rent our mailing list with any other companies.

Again thank you for your interest in Laura's Lean Beef!


Janet Blakeman

Laura's Lean Beef

Customer Service

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 December 05, 2007 2:59 AM

I notice Laura's lean meats does not explain how they are ethical and I also noticed they corn feed the cattle making the beef not much different than any other meat (except 2x more expensive) I am so glad i know 3 local pastured beef producer and that they can supply my need year round.

FYI all cattle are pastured up until the final 1 to 3 months in a feedlot and the description i just read about Laura's Lean beef leads me to believe the do put their cattle in a feed lot before slaughter.

Best to buy local or certified organic (which Laura's is not meaning the cows likely are fed GMO feed)
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Yvonne... great post!!! December 05, 2007 5:50 AM is an Excellent source for finding family farms and farmers who are serious about providing true, natural products locally.  It is a must for anyone serious about finding responsible agriculture.  We use many of the farmers listed for our area and they are all wonderful!  Go check it out! And have a great day!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 14, 2008 5:35 PM

I found this page of links on the ASPCA website for certified humane producers:

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