About eating meat...carefully & thoughtfully.
The more I learn about truly healthy eating and the correlation between diet and disease, the more careful and thoughtful I am about eating meat.
Why be concerned? I want to avoid sickness and disease and do not want to support the awful, disgusting, atrocious practices of factory farms.
Farmed animals have no legal protection from horrific abuses that would be illegal if they were inflicted on dogs or cats: neglect, mutilations, genetic manipulation, and drug regimens that cause chronic pain and crippling, transport through all weather extremes, and inhumane slaughter. Yet farmed animals are no less interesting, intelligent, or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs or cats whom we cherish as companions.
Did you know that last Thanksgiving 50% of the turkeys available in the U.S. came from our nation's largest hatchery and where the Humane Society video taped and documented the routine mutilation of turkeys? The Humane Society of the U.S. actively documents the worst abuses (atrocities) of factory farming through undercover investigations. People can reduce animal suffering during the holidays by choosing from an abundance of meat-free foods or switching to products from animals raised in conditions that offer better animal welfare than those endured by factory-farmed turkeys.
Many people are conscious omnivores, who eat meat sparingly and thoughtfully. Know what the certifications mean so you can buy meat you can feel good about. The strictest is: Animal Welfare Approved...the most lax is American Humane Certified.
Know that Purdue is being sued for false labeling of their meats!
Vanessa Barrington does an excellent job of explaining the labels and the main standards/requirements for each group of animals, in her article titled: Truth behind labels: How meat eaters can find out if their dinner was really humanely raised.
And here is an informative update from the Humane Society.