It’s easy to think that “organic” and “free range” mean that animals get a good life. Once upon a time, I believed it—and I’m sure some of you do too. Sadly, it’s just untrue. These terms, along with “cage-free” and others are meant to trick compassionate consumers into buying into an industry that exploits animals.
Don’t believe me?
Check out these gut-wrenching photos from the Organic Valley Farm in Wisconsin: They show birds in stinking, stifling, windowless warehouses, crammed so tightly together that they’re barely able to move—much less spread their wings, scratch in the dirt, or interact normally in any way.
“Organic” doesn’t mean that birds are allowed to be free. Cage-free does not mean free range, of course, and so the chickens can still be crammed into sheds and forced to suffer through having a part of their beak cut off, just like birds on factory farms. But “organic” does mean that the chickens aren’t fed antibiotics—leaving them all the more susceptible to illness in the filthy, poorly ventilated, crowded conditions.
Love animals? Don’t support this or any other industry that abuses them for profit. Go vegan!