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#1 Old 10-05-2010, 02:41 PM
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Would eggs at Whole Foods just be the same as eggs in a regular supermarket. I'm refering to the treatment of animals, and all.

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#2 Old 10-05-2010, 02:44 PM
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yep, most, if not all, are the same. "free-range" is meaningless when it comes to chickens' treatment; "organic" and "vegetarian-fed" just refers to their environment/diet. it's still mass-produced and sold to gain a profit.
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Don't assume that Whole Foods = all-natural, organic, and happy. There is just as much cruelty and processed crap there as in any supermarket. Check out their prepared foods section or their meat section, for a full, in-your-face example of their disregard for animal suffering. They'll spin the "happy meat" argument, but it's still the flesh of animals, on display for our consumption.

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#4 Old 10-08-2010, 12:26 AM
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Terms like "free range" and "cage free" are purposely designed to appease conscious consumers. They mean very little in the way of animal welfare and are not strictly regulated. If you must eat eggs, only ever buy them from a source you absolutely know to be cruelty free such as a local farmer.

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While it is best to buy from a farmer you personally trust, research/look for the label “Animal Welfare Approved". It's substantially more restrictive compared to "Certified Humane" and "American Humane Certified" (both of which mean something if you're eating meat, but don't have the same standards for hens) and includes prohibitions against stuff like debeaking. Only family farmers are allowed to get this label... and they can't get it if they own another farm that doesn't meet the standards. It's by far the best option (other than veganism) if you don't have the resources to investigate farms yourself.
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I recommend reading this page:
http://www.peacefulprairie.org/freerange1.html#freerange

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh James xVx View Post

If you must eat eggs, only ever buy them from a source you absolutely know to be cruelty free such as a local farmer.

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.

 

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#8 Old 10-21-2010, 12:06 AM
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Anyway... I believe the point of this topic is that for those of us who are still eating eggs (i.e. this sub forum), many would still prefer to avoid the truly egregious offenders. "Cage free" and "free range" don't mean a lot on their own, so do your research.

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.
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