This is a group I found on Facebook. I think they are kind of mistaken on a few points.
Group Info Name: Humane Omnivores (A Response to "Meet Your Meat")
Type: Common Interest - Beliefs & Causes
Description: A story about my recent tryst with vegetarianism...
In response to the horrendous abuse of animals at factory farms and careless slaughterhouses, I recently became a vegetarian...for half a day. However, a few things didn't set well with me:
1. PETA's position that we must all be vegetarians or vegans because factory farms and slaughterhouses abuse animals. But what about non-sport hunting? And do all farms and slaughterhouses have to be this way?
2. Alec Baldwin's voice and dramatics are so abhorrent to me that I literally cringe every time I hear him speak.
3. As a student of anthropology/archaeology, I realize that our teeth and digestive systems are designed to process plant material supplemented with meat and our ancestors have eaten thusly since the first lithics were chipped into existence.
4. I'm a big fan of chicken and scallops. (This actually does set well with me but it's part of my meaty justification.)
This is not to say I'm in favor of the life-long torture and violent death that many animals suffer to end up on our plates. I think animals, though not human and therefore absent of fundamental rights, must be treated with kindness and a certain amount of reverance and we as humans have a moral obligation to treat them thusly, ESPECIALLY when their lives are being sacrificed for the continuity of our own. There HAS to be a way to raise animals for food that isn't painful or abusive for them.
After a bit of searching I happened across Humane Farm Animal Care Program, a non-profit group associated with the ASPCA and The Humane Society of America. This group consisting of veterinarians, animal scientists and the like rigorously inspect non-factory farms and certify their meat, dairy and eggs as Certified Humane Raised and Handled.
"The Certified Humane Raised & Handled Label is a consumer certification and labeling program. When you see the Certified Humane Raised & Handled label it means that an egg, dairy, meat or poultry product has been produced with the welfare of the farm animal in mind. Food products that carry the label are certified to have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.
A team of veterinarians and animal scientists developed the Animal Care Standards to ensure that producers and processors keep animals in conditions that have met high standards of animal care:
Allow animals to engage in their natural behaviors
Raising animals with sufficient space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress
Making sure they have ample fresh water and a healthy diet without added antibiotics or hormones
Under the system, growth hormones are prohibited, and animals are raised on a regular diet of quality feed free of antibiotics. Producers also must comply with local, state and federal environmental standards. Processors must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards, a higher standard for slaughtering farm animals than the Federal Humane Slaughter Act."
Animals are given nutritious food and clean water, have spacious living areas or are free-range and are allowed to act like the animals they are and associate with their own kind, often with environmental enrichment to foster mental health. They are never taunted, tortured or abused. When it is time for them to be slaughtered, they are transported with plenty of room to move and upon arrival, any lame animals are quickly stunned and humanely euthanized. The other animals are driven down shoots with flags on poles or rattles instead of cattle prods to humane holding devices where they are comfortably restrained and slaughtered quickly and painlessly via a single electric shot to the head. These slaughterhouses are rigorously inspected as well and any breach in protocol will shut down the slaughterhouses until the breach has been fixed.
With this I decided to become a Humane Omnivore, that is, I eat mostly plant material anyway but when I do eat meat it's Certified Humane Raised & Handled, no exception.
If you don't like it, you can bite...just do it humanely please. =)
Contact Info Website: http://www.certifiedhumane.com/default.html