Humane meat? Cage Free? Organic? You'll be relieved to find out what it all really means.
So, as you've probably figured out, there is no such thing as "humane meat." On "humane," "grass-fed," and "organic" farms, animals are still subject to cruel industry standards: severe crowding, physical mutilation without painkillers, and a terrifying death: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Thanksgiving can be the scariest time of year if you're a turkey. More than 45 million of these fascinating birds are killed to disgrace Thanksgiving tables each year.
For a festive centerpiece that is more appealing than a stuffed avian body cavity, go faux! Turkey alternatives are available at many national grocery store chains or you can make your own faux-turkey at home. You can also tempt your taste buds with vegan versions of all of your favorites, like green bean casserole and sweet potato biscuits. Find delicious vegan recipes here: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/Celebrate-a-...
As with other industries where animals are raised for a profit, the interests of the animals used in the wool industry are rarely considered. Flocks usually consist of thousands of sheep, and individual attention to their needs is virtually impossible. Many people believe that shearing sheep helps animals who might otherwise be burdened with too much wool, but without human interference, sheep grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes.
Australia produces about a quarter of all wool used worldwide. Within weeks of birth, lambs' ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated without anesthetics. Shearers are usually paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast work without regard for the welfare of the sheep. Says one eyewitness: "[T]he shearing shed must be one of the worst places in the world for cruelty to animals ... I have seen shearers punch sheep with their shears or their fists until the sheep's nose bled. I have seen sheep with half their faces shorn off ..."
In Australia, the most commonly raised sheep are merinos, specifically bred to have wrinkly skin, which means more wool per animal. This unnatural overload of wool causes animals to die of heat exhaustion during hot months, and the wrinkles also collect urine and moisture. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. To prevent this so-called "flystrike," Australian ranchers perform a barbaric operation—mulesing—or carving huge strips of flesh off the backs of lambs' legs and around their tails. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that won't harbor fly eggs, yet the bloody wounds often get flystrike before they heal. Every year, hundreds of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks from exposure or starvation, and mature sheep die every year from disease, lack of shelter, and neglect. To learn more, visit PETA.org.
Here are some delicious dishes that are perfect for the holidays. Your dinner guests will love them. Includes Savory Stuffed Squash, Creamy Mashed Potatoes With Roasted Garlic Gravy, Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Cranberry Wild Rice, and more.