the animals might be treated a little better, but here's what stays the same as with conventional dairy and eggs:
* The animals will still be killed and sold as cheap meat long before their normal life expectancy
* They are still considered "commodities" for human use
* The term "organic" has absolutely NOTHING to do with animal welfare. It is exclusively concerned with human health, and dictates that the animals be fed a specific kind of organic feed, and limits the use of medications and anti-biotics (which are commonly used in conventional farming applications).
* The female cows are still forcefully impregnanted
* They will still have their babies taken away from them after hours or days. For many female cows this is a very painful experience, and they often yearn for their babies
* It is likely the boy babies will killed for veal at a very young age. They will be deprived of their mother's milk and fed fluids that will prevent them from developing muscle tone etc.
* If they aren't, or if they're female, they'll be killed before long anyway as cheap meat or re-enter the cycle as new milk producers.
* Only female chickens (hens) lay eggs. Therefore whenever a group of chickens are hatched, only about 50% of the chickens born are useful for that purpose. Standard industry practise is to kill the male chicks immediately, often by crushing, suffocating or gassing them. This cannot be avoided in any commercial operation. Even if you have a friend who has a few hens who are treated like pets, you have to ask, "Where are their brothers?"
* "Free range" actually doesn't mean a whole lot in most commercial operations. From the Toronto Vegetarian Association's web site, veg.ca: Generally speaking, free-range eggs come from chickens who have some access to the outside, but how much access? The U.S. regulates the use of the term on chicken but not on eggs, and doesn't stipulate how much outdoor time is required. Canada regulates neither. No other criteria, such as environmental quality, size of the outside area, number of birds, or space per bird, are included in this term. Typically, free-range hens are debeaked at the hatchery, and have only 1 to 2 square feet of floor space per bird. The birds may or may not have litter and access to nests and perches.
* The egg-laying hens generally live a significantly shortened life, and are killed and sold as cheap meat when their productivity declines.