Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Humane groceries: Can you trust labels like 'cage free'?

Animal advocates have known for years that labels like "cage free" or "free range" may not necessarily mean what the label would lead the average consumer to believe. The mainstream media is noticing too. To wit: today's article by Dan Fritz in the Christian Science Monitor.

1 comment:

seno said...

If you regularly buy cage free eggs instead of the conventional kind, you're off to a good start in supporting the welfare of farm animals, according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. The same goes for buying free range poultry and grass fed dairy and meat, although those products may be harder to find, a recent survey by the WSPA concludes. Even scarcer, meat, dairy, and eggs verified by an independent third party as humanely raised. Free range and cage free claims only go so deep. Because Certified Humane and other independent, scientifically reviewed labeling programs, such as American Humane Certified and Animal Welfare Approved, actively review multiple factors related to safety and health of animals, their labels are a better indication of humane conditions than any single-claim label.

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