brogeybear- i wasn't sure if that was the law in aus, but i know back in the states free range only means the animals are required to have access to the outdoors, even if it is a tiny window.
DP gets all our meat/fish from his suppliers at work, which obv isn't an option for everyone but none of the animals come from factory farms...
When I buy eggs I buy the RSPCA ones or the ones with no added hormones or antibiotics... which sometimes means they are caged eggs but free range eggs can have all those nasty things given to the chickens... it's something I struggle with. If anyone is interested, the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is eye opening... but isn't Australian based.
I try to avoid all chain restaurants/coffee shops. Not for any reason other than trying to support the local people as much as I can.
I love this thread! The links were so wonderful and have definitely promted me to do more research into what I am buying.