It is no secret that the food industry engages in some pretty gruesome practices. Beef cattle, standing up to their bellies in their own waste, can’t lie down or move due to the practice of bunching the cattle into tight stalls a few weeks before slaughter. They are forced-fed corn, a grain they do not eat on their own, to fatten them for greater profit.
Because the conditions are so filthy, the cattle are given shots of antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. Growth hormones are given for maximum profit. These animals have never known anything but torture and misery.
While it is necessary to kill food animals to feed the world’s population, there is no reason for these animals to live their entire lives in an unnatural state. Dairy cows endure another form of torture and chickens are forced to live in filth from birth to death. The deplorable conditions under which these animals live necessitate the antibiotics which leads to antibiotic-resistant germs in humans.
Humane Farm Animal Care is a national non-profit organization seeking the welfare of farm animals. They have created a program called Certified Humane Raised and Handled. Before producers can receive this label, they must meet the standards set by the program, including no growth hormones or antibiotics. The animals must get clean and nutritious feed and water and must be comfortable.
Consumers must do their part by talking to local grocers and restaurant owners, convincing them to purchase only those products that have been Certified Humane Raised and Handled. This will greatly reduce the dangerous possibilities of food poisoning. To learn more about the certified humane program, visit their website.
To learn where to buy Certified Humane foods in your area, visit the website. Look for the Certified Humane Raised & Handled label on farm products purchased in grocery stores. These animals are inspected and found to be raised with shelters, clean living conditions and the ability to engage in natural activities.
This is not about people with bleeding hearts for animals. This program tells consumers that the meat and dairy they buy does not come from tortured animals, but animals that are allowed to live a natural life until time of slaughter. This means safer food for consumers. Mothers should not have to worry that their sons and daughters are going through puberty up to four years earlier than normal due to growth hormones. Animals so sick they need mega-doses of antibiotics before slaughter should not be in our food supply.
Good health begins with the foods we eat. If the food is not natural, there can be no natural health.