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Animal Place’s Position on “Humane” Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

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Animal Place’s Position on “Humane” Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

From Animal Place Sanctuary
October 2012

Animal Place opposes any endeavor that results in the slaughter of animals for their flesh, regardless of the type of farm on which they are raised. Animal Place does not support the use of farmed animals for their milk, eggs, or fiber, regardless of how animals are cared for on the farm. Animal Place promotes a vegan lifestyle because this is the only sure way to provide a humane diet.


Since 1989, Animal Place has advocated for farmed animals. And in recent years, more of the rescued animals at our 600-acre sanctuary and 60-acre adoption facility arrive from farms touting themselves as purveyors of “humane” meat, milk, and eggs. Some farms have received stamps of approval from third-party agencies or market retailers.

The Myth of “Humane” Animal Exploitation

Being humane means acting with compassion to those in need, both humans and nonhumans.

If applied to companion dogs and cats, the methods in which we raise, care for, and kill farmed animals would be considered unlawful and cruel. The end of an animal’s life on a “humane” farm is no different than on an industrial farm. Many of the same practices on factory farms are performed – without pain relief – on small and “humane” farms.

The following are standard practices that occur on small, medium, and large farms, with few exceptions.

egg chick chickenEgg Farms

Pig Farms

"Broiler" Chicken Farms

dairy cow calf vealDairy Farms

Turkey Farms

On Welfare Change

Improving the lives of farmed animals is important, but it will not end farmed animal suffering. Giving more space or stopping mutilations does not make the slaughter of an animal more palatable.

Although Animal Place supports animal welfare improvements because the degree of cruelty on most farms is egregious and the problem enormous, it does not believe that this is the answer to the problems.

Improving conditions under which nonhumans are raised is not reason enough to justify their slaughter or exploitation. It cannot be justified with labels meant to create a false sense of kindness.

pig pet companionWhat are the Solutions?

Animal Place believes that most people care about animals. We feel animal advocates should focus on:

Farm Animals as Companions

With appropriate space and care, rescued farm animals are wonderful companions. Animal Place supports the adoption of farm animals into lifelong homes.

Animal Place encourages adopters of farm animals to avoid using them as sources of food (eggs) or fiber (wool, hair).

However, we understand it is possible to consume eggs of backyard companion chickens and knit with wool of companion sheep without compromising the welfare of the animals - as long as the reason for the adoption is to rescue the animal and not exploit them. And, just like with any other companion animal, there has to be a commitment to provide lifelong appropriate veterinary care and a suitable home, even after the animal stops laying eggs or no longer produces “usable” wool/hair.