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Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

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I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. As of this time, all Trader Joe's brand eggs come only from cage-free hens. Now customers looking for cage-free eggs need to look no further than the Trader Joe's label. But are they really free-range eggs? Trader Joe's, a national specialty grocer, offers a large range of vegan and soy products.

Health and Morals

Animal Ethics

Here is a New York Times op-ed column about free-range pigs. He seems to think that the demand for free-range pork is a demand for wild pork, when in fact it's a demand for morally acceptable conditions for the pigs. The author is confused. In other words, people want to eat not wild pigs but domestic pigs raised in humane conditions

The Other Side of the Egg Debate

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But with battery eggs costing about $2 a dozen and organic free-range eggs costing between $5 and $6 a dozen, the impact of the proposed change goes beyond poultry. I am a firm supporter of reforming factory egg farming. I believe that chickens should have room to stretch and walk around. And I'm willing to pay for more expensive eggs if it allows for that. However, I'm also aware that I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to pay for that. Not everyone has that luxury.

EU Bans Battery Cages

Critter News

Others have arranged for barns or other free-range systems, but the law now clearly reserves hens a seat at a nest. To offset yesterday's crappy news about California, here's good news from the EU! Full article on Food Safety News. As of Jan.

Review: Best Bully Sticks

4 The Love Of Animals

Their bully sticks are inspected and approved by USDA/FDA, and come from free range, grass fed bulls. Best Bully Sticks offers an all natural choice for your dog’s chewing enjoyment.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Egg Producers and Humane Society Urging Federal Standard on Hen Cages ” (Business Day, July 8): I’m a vegetarian who turned vegan after coming to terms with the fact that just because I was eating hormone-free, antibiotic-free, even free-range organic eggs didn’t mean that egg-producing hens were living a cruelty-free life.

Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

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I still eat eggs that come from battery hens, even though I do try to buy free range, and I wear leather, even though I only buy it used. This is an excellent opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The author, an assistant professor of sociology at Tulane University, poses some important questions. While I don't agree with everything he says, I do think he makes some legitimate points. The media and society is vilifying Michael Vick (rightly I believe.)

The (Re)Veganizing of the Greyhounds

Animal Person

And most recently, Organix (free-range chicken plus some organic ingredients). I have fed Charles Hobson Booger, III and Violet Rays every type of diet from raw (as in, turkey necks and chicken backs) to pre-made raw (comes in patties with greens and bones and supplements in it), to homemade vegan to Evolution to pre-made vegan ingredients to a combo. Despite Violet's diabetes, she was never the problem.

J. J. C. Smart on the Moral Elite

Animal Ethics

Moreover at present I see no moral objection to eating the flesh of free range cattle, which seem to me to have a happy life which they would not have at all if they were not destined to be eaten.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug. Free range” does not solve the problem of painful debeaking, enormously oversized flocks or the unnatural isolation of the birds from other sexes and age groups. 12): While this is a step in the right direction toward reducing the animal abuse inherent in all factory farming (from the chicken’s point of view), it’s still a long way from what nature intended.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: The term “free range” sounds prettier than it usually is. Egg production, including on free-range farms, entails the mass killing of newborn male chicks, a point made in Nicholas D. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 9): Thank you for this inspiring and enlightening article. Animals raised for food suffer miserably.

Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

Animal Person

From the 6th -10th of July we are asking everyone to get their aprons on and bake with free-range or organic eggs. We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion. And that's fine, as we all want to spread the news of fantastic work that needs support. Case in point: AnimalEquality.

From Today's Wall Street Journal

Animal Ethics

Rather than eating dogs, we all ought to eat exclusively small-farmed, free-range meat. Jonathan Safran Foer's pup-in-cheek essay " Let Them Eat Dog " (Weekend Journal, Oct. 31), while humorous enough, masks more serious issues. Beyond the environmental impacts of meat production there is a basic ethical issue involved. So here is an even more modest proposal than roasting Fido: Try eating only what animals you are willing to kill with your own hands.

On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

Words like 'pastured,' 'grass-fed,' and 'free-range' are now synonymous with quality meat; they carry a potent if symbolic meaning that has eased many a consumer’s conscience and driven many a marketing campaign." Bea sent me a link to an article in Gourmet called " Humane Slaughterhouses ," by Rebecca Marx, that is absurd. And the absurdity is in the reality that the author and the featured person who kills sentient nonhumans for a living, think they're onto something.

Lessons Learned, The Finale

Animal Person

When I started blogging, I thought that if more people sought out free-range, grass-fed "beef," more animals would be saved/fewer would be created. That original thought was a true statement, as free-range, grass-fed beef requires so much expense and land and water that not as many animals can be sustained as in an intensive farming situation. I see the need for a range of tactics, as in other movements. After all this time it seems that.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The idea that eggs from free-range chickens are somehow morally superior to other eggs is, frankly, weird. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. 20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.” But we can ask, and they can answer. Not in words, of course, but they can answer in ways that we can understand if we are paying attention.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

As a parent of young children, I have much to worry about regarding what my children eat—a balanced, wholesome diet, free from antibiotics, hormones or bacteria. A “free range” bird eats insects, as well as plants, so it gets more nutrition out of the same amount of land than do her cattle, which eat only the grass. To the Editor: Re “ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” by Nicolette Hahn Niman (Op-Ed, Oct. 31): Living “green” is not easy.