Misleading Label of the Month from AWA.

“Humane” label claims are now widely used to convince consumers the food manufacturer is making a special effort in the way animals are raised. However, as there is no legal definition or minimum agreed welfare standard for the term “humane,” this claim is increasingly found on products where animals are confined on dirt feedlots or indoors in confinement systems, and where antibiotic use and mutilations–such as beak trimming or tail docking–are routine practices. Unless the product is also verified by an independent third-party farm certification (such as AWA) according to high welfare and environmental standards, you’re almost certainly still buying industrially farmed food.

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