Many billions of animals are farmed every year. Most of the in intensive factory conditions.
There are several things you can do to make a difference:
- Buy free range eggs. This sounds simple but many people buy packs of free range eggs but don’t pay any attention to other products they buy which include eggs. Make sure you check labels so you are not accidently supporting intensive battery hens.
- Buy free range meat. Again be aware of the content of meat products you buy. Check the origin of the meat. The animals may have been transported for many hours in stressful conditions in the live meat trade or farmed in other countries with lower animal welfare standards. The closer the animal was farmed and slaughtered, the better.
- Organic Dairy Products. The main reason for this, is that on organic dairy farms the male calves aren’t sold into the veal trade.
- Buy fish from sustainable sources. Look for line and hook caught fish. Nets damage the sea bed, catch other endangered species, wipe out whole schools which prevents them from reproducing to keep numbers up… Also the fish are in the overcrowded nets for hours putting them under extreme stress. This causes them to release lactic acid into their muscle putting them in extreme pain on top of the wounds from the net and other fish.
An easy way to buy products which have come from places of high animal welfare standard is to shop at local farm shops and markets. You will also be supporting your local economy.