Only ever free-range. I am vegetarian but hubby buys free range meat too. It's totally worth paying the small amount extra to avoid supporting cruelty to animals.
Do you guys buy free range/organic chickens as well?
I buy them, raise them, slaughter them and eat them.
No chance of loophole cruelty or supporting the wrong suppliers; plus I know what they eat, I know they are treated like chicken princesses for the duration of their life. I know there is no "free range in a windowless barn with 10, 000 other chickens free range", they are truly free range. Free to dustbathe, peck, scratch, forage, flap, socialise, enjoy the fresh air and warm sun.
The meat is healthier than supermarket meat and they are treated a million times better. If I choose to eat meat, I make the actively enforced choice to ensure it is meat worth the death, if you get me. Meat chicken or egg chicken, no chicken deserves to live in a dark, filthy barn, slaughted en masse in terror.
If they must give their life for my Christmas dinner, I'll give them the life they deserve.
My parents neighbour has 15 laying hens and he's a single old age pensioner. He doesn't always know what to do with all these eggs. Seeing as mum always feeds them her scraps of bread and veggies, he told her to take as many as she wants,
So I get a dozen fresh eggs each fortnight from her. Yes, he's recently had a few weeks that they weren't laying, so I bought free range eggs.
My parents are hoping to get some chooks themselves whenever (IF ever) dad gets around to fixing the old pen.
I admire your approach and wish all meat eaters did so with their eyes wide open, as you do. It's so much more respectful of the animals involved!
i do the raising, he does the slaughtering, i do the butchering.
i am also an animal activist, ex-vegan and do volunteer wildlife rehab.
the meat is fresh, tastes amazing, and absolutely nothing goes to waste.
we also buy meat (free range and organic) to supplement as well as fish/seafood (as long as it is australian, wild and not large species like shark).
what we purchase as consumers dictates what companies think they can get away with. watch food inc. for just a small bit of info.
especially in western society where we waste so much food, i think we have a responsibility to purchase ethically.
if people didn't buy cage eggs there would be no cage farms.
don't even get me started on corn production, gm foods, organic and seed co-ops.
Yes, I do - and try to get organic ones if possible. Or buy them direct from farmers at the markets. I always find it so difficult to believe that anyone actually buys cage eggs. I mean, why would you?
ETA: I also only buy free-range chicken meat, and grass-fed beef & lamb. Genuine free-range pork is harder to find, but I do my best.
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