Are you aware of the rising concern in the society regarding welfare of food-based and farm animals? Consumers and animal lovers across the globe are concerned about the way farm animals are treated. Whether it is animals like chickens, goats, pigs or cows, raised primarily for meat and dairy or horses raised on farms for the breeding business and horse riding enterprises. There is a growing trend towards raising farm animals humanely.
Inhumane farm animal raising trends
Unfortunately, there are some scary and inhumane practices currently used to raise farm animals.
1. Cows involved in milking, are forced to stand 24/7 in their stalls, especially if the farm is associated with a factory that produces milk or milk products.
2. Instead of pen stalls, pigs are crammed in gestation crates.
3. Then there are overcrowded barns, with tightly spaced stalls for horses.
4. Chicken consumption is off the charts in US, but forcing them to live their lives in small battery cages for at least half a dozen birds, with no space to move around is inhumane!
5. And finally, there is the craze of raising healthy looking farm animals at all cost, even if it requires steroids and chemical enhancers for the animals in their charge.
Why Humane Farming
While there are of course simple humane concerns of people regarding their emphasis on humane farming, for the entrepreneurs, there are also business reasons. Not only is the produce of organic farming healthier for human consumption, it adds value to your product, since you can claim to be part of the value-added chain supply. It is important for the consumers of this era to know that the supply chain was free of all kinds of moral and legal violations, be they human exploitation or animal violation. Organic farming, in this way adds value to the final produce of the farms. Here are some more reasons to choose humane farming.
Fortunately, there is a more natural and humane way to raise farm animals, and there is a movement regarding it which is called “Organic farming”. What it means is that farmers and hopefully food companies engage in unharmful and responsible tactics to raise animals from birth to slaughter or sell. The certification dictates, that livestock on the farm should have access to shade and outdoors, pasture and an open space to allow free movement. Depending on the animal type there are certain rules that should be enforced to raise the animals in an organic and humane fashion.
• Free range: This terminology applies to hens raised outdoors or allowed to patter outside on average of 6 hours per day, instead of dark pens. Thus, the chickens are provided access to open air and are free to roam.
• Cage free: This means no gestation crates for pigs or battery cages for chickens. Depending on numbers, small open spaces, mud based preferred for pigs to allow full movement, some running and easy flapping of wings.
• Pasture raised: Based on the principle of soil association, also commonly applied to chickens, raised in fixed or mobile outdoor housing, with the option to go inside at night from protection from predators.
• Open doors: weather permitting, barn doors for larger animals should be open at least once a day. The farmers can decide on how long depending on the needs of the animals.