Our message has always been that you don’t have to avoid animal products altogether in order to be kind to animals, you just need to choose higher animal welfare alternatives. If you’re not already completely convinced that you should avoid factory farmed products, here are four reasons we hope will sway you:
1. Animal welfare
The animal welfare standards on large scale factory farms are generally low. The major animal welfare issues associated with factory farming include:
- Animals, in particular poultry and pigs, are confined in cages, pens or overcrowded sheds and are denied access to the outdoors.
- Due to the overcrowded and barren conditions in which animals are kept, they are unable to carry out their natural behaviours.
- Animals are often subjected to painful mutilations, without the use of anaesthesia or pain relief.
- Selective breeding for rapid growth as well as overcrowding mean animals are susceptible to a range of diseases and health problems.
For a more in-depth discussion about the animal welfare issues associated with factory farms please see our website www.consumewithcare.org
2. Your health
It makes perfect sense that healthier animals are healthier for us. Below is a summary of the health benefits of eating free range and organic meat, eggs and dairy:
- Lower in total fat and kilojoules.
- Higher in healthy fats – omega-3s and conjugated linolenic acid.
- Higher in vitamins – vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
- No added hormones or antibiotics.
For more information and loads of references please visit www.eatwild.com
There are a range of environmental benefits of free range and organic farming when compared to large scale factory farming. These include:
- Less use of fossil fuels – animals eat mainly grass as opposed to relying on grain-based feed that has to be transported long distances.
- Eating grass instead of grain means less use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.
- Improved manure management resulting in less pollution of the air and waterways.
Farmers benefit from free range and organic farming methods in a number of ways, including:
- Financially – farmers can charge prices that reflect the true cost of production rather than being dictated to by large corporations.
- Health – the air and water pollution associated with keeping animals in intense confinement can be a health risk to farmers. Free range and organic farming does not carry the same risks.
- Improved land management – free range and organic farming methods tend to be more sustainable, preserving the land rather than degrading it.
Well we hope that’s convinced you. Please check out our website www.consumewithcare.org for advice on shopping for higher animal welfare products.