The other night at my workshop, someone in the audience was very happy about happy meat, and how sometimes, organic standards within animal agriculture are acceptable. As we're learning, these "standards" are lax and created by and within the industry in order to appease those people who learn about the horrors of factory farming and choose, instead, to trust labels that say the animals are "humanely" raised, etc etc...many of these labels do not even require third-party verification. Anyway, if you have further questions about that, do email me... but my point is that these animals are not ours to eat, and there are alternatives to every single animal product. So really, the "humane" choice is actually to go vegan.
A quote I like:
"Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife by the millions to protect
his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the
billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because
eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health
conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man
tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these
diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by
hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten
domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the
absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year
sends out cards praying for "Peace on Earth." -- C. David Coates
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