8/4/2010 is when I became a full blown Vegetarian and I couldn't be more proud.
"and I stand
upon a mountain
made of weak and useless men"
Local commercial farmers are not "cruelty free." Their hens still come from a breeder that kills all the male chicks, and hens are still killed when their productivity declines.
There may be a rare hobby farmer out there who sells eggs and allows the hens to live and is willing to keep supporting them, but there's still the male chick problem. Commercially viable animal agriculture is never "cruelty free."
"If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the civil war, don't look at where you stand on slavery today, look at where you stand on animal rights." - Paul Watson.
Every animal you eat
was running for her life
This site is pretty good: http://www.wspa-usa.org/ . Here is the guide specific to hens: http://www.wspa-usa.org/download/133..._standards.pdf ALL four of the certification programs on the right are good choices to make compared to the industry standard.