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misanthropy
10-03-2003, 03:56 PM
Jenbizagogo posted some great links on "free range" farming in another thread. I thought I would repost her links here and maybe start up a discussion about your thoughts?

http://www.api4animals.org/doc.asp?ID=1154
http://www.petapsa.com/facts/fsveg10.html
http://www.upc-online.org/freerange.html

For me, I used to think that "free range" was like the storybook version of farms. You know, happy chickens and cows roaming around in lush fields and such. Sooooooo not true... I know my friend's parents "free range" egg farm (which is a very small operation) the chickens have never seen the light of day. They are overcrowded on the floor of their barn. When they have outlived their usefulness (i.e., production is low), they are "turned over" and the next batch of hens arrive. *shudders*

I know here, the term "free range" really doesn't say much, only that they are not caged. I believe that the chickens still may (legally) undergo debeaking, forced molting and overcrowded conditions.

Also as a result of any farming for eggs or dairy, male chicks and calves are still killed. :(

After re-reading those links, that just basically confirmed again why I will never eat eggs or dairy again.

Thanks for the links Jen!

pB0t
10-03-2003, 09:24 PM
Yeah it's a huge crock.

Check out www.eggscam.com