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Farm animals: Not as sexy as lions

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Farm animals: They're not as sexy as lions, but since we eat them, we should give their well-being some thought.
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While of course it's the most compassionate eating approach to avoid foods made from animal bodies (vegetarian) or all animal products (vegan), most people aren't interested in embracing entirely new eating practies.

But you can still have better EATING ETHICS - just by paying a little bit of attention. You'll do right by your heart and you'll do better by farm animals by doing these three EASY things:

1. Eat less meat than you currently do (if you're up for it, cut back a bit on dairy, eggs, and other animal products too).

2. Cook meat for your family that's been more humanely raised with the animal's well-being and calm in mind throughout raising and slaughter (try shopping for your meat at Whole Foods to start; you can read about their animal welfare standards here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards). It might cost a bit more, but if you're eating less meat, this will even out.

...While you're at it, just say no to meat from restaurants where you don't know which farm the animals came from. Hint: if their meat is from a supplier (not a farm), don't eat it. If it's incredibly cheap (e.g. fast food), then you know those animals can't be treated well at that price. If the restaurant doesn't know where their meat is from, animal welfare isn't one of their priorities. Don't order it. Remember, organic is not an indication of ethics. It's a helpful piece of data, but it's not enough.

3. DONATE a modest amount (say the cost of a few chicken breasts) to this fundraiser - the donations go to the Humane Farming Association (HFA.org), an org that advocates for more humane farming conditions so that one day all the meat that's on the market will be humanely farmed.

If you're interested in learning more, I recommend the book EATING ANIMALS. Perfect for the non-advocate, non-hippie, non-vegetarian who just wants to know what goes on in the animal farming industry that we depend on for our food supply. (Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animals-Jonathan-Safran-Foer/dp/0316069884/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294264798&sr=8-1)

There ya have it - now eat in peace, knowing you've done more for the well-being of living, breathing, feeling animals than you would have had you simply turned a blind eye while continuing to eat them.

Thanks for helping out the less sexy cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc. For some sexy animals, I'm sure you can search Crowdrise to donate a few bucks to an African habitat preservation org or something. Go lions! They're important too. And, by the way, they eat organic and free range. ;-)

All photos by Stephan Zech | Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia 2010

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  • Amanda Michaels Zech & Stephan Zech

    $75

  • Nina, Jens & Polly

    $20

  • Connie, Ben, Justin & Gus

    $50

  • Dominique

    $20

  • Adam and Heather Hopkins

    $50

  • Mike, Pete and Jessica

    $30

  • Michelle Parsons

    $20

  • Alisha & Josef

    $20

  • Dawn & Brian

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  • Kathi

    $25

  • Samantha Mortlock

    $10

  • Nicole Keshishian

    $15

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Donor Comments

Nicole Keshishian

Nicole Keshishian

DONATION: $15

6 years ago

Samantha Mortlock

Samantha Mortlock

DONATION: $10

6 years ago

Kathi

Kathi

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Dawn & Brian

Dawn & Brian

DONATION: $20

This is a cause I can completely get on board with... if humane farming becomes more widespread I might even consider eating meat again. Other good books to read and educate yourself about the food you eat are Fast Food Nation and Skinny Bitch. Changed my life. 6 years ago

Alisha & Josef

Alisha & Josef

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Michelle Parsons

Michelle Parsons

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Mike, Pete and Jessica

Mike, Pete and Jessica

DONATION: $30

6 years ago

Adam and Heather Hopkins

Adam and Heather Hopkins

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Dominique

Dominique

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Connie, Ben, Justin & Gus

Connie, Ben, Justin & Gus

DONATION: $50

6 years ago