Humane Myths

In recent years, industrial animal factories have developed a series of deceptive terms and labels to make consumers believe that animal products can come from animals who were “humanely raised.” In a strategic effort to take advantage of consumers’ “good intentions,” the packages often carry misleading titles and blissful images of animals on old-world farms. In reality, the animals who are exploited to make these products suffer many of the same torments as those who carry mainstream labels. Nearly all animals raised for food:

  • Are separated from their mother shortly after birth.
  • Travel long distances to the slaughterhouses in extreme confinement.
  • Are slaughtered at a very young age by methods designed for efficiency.

Many consumers believe that the terms “Cage-Free,” “Free-range,” and “Free-roaming” are synonymous with “cruelty-free.” This is not the case. In fact, these and many related terms are largely undefined and unregulated. With regard to eggs that carry these labels, the hens still experience the stress and fear associated with handling, transport and slaughter. They often travel many miles to the slaughterhouse, during which time they are intensively confined and deprived of food and water. The male chicks are useless to the egg industry and are consequently suffocated or ground alive within hours or days after birth. Hens are slaughtered as soon as their laying rate begins to decline- usually around 18 months of age.

With the exception of birds raised for “meat,” the terms “Free-range” and “Free-roaming” have no official definition. The USDA only defines these terms for “poultry” products, stating: “Producers must demonstrate to the agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside.” * There are no requirements for the time spent outside or the space allowed.

USDA Organic certification does not set any meaningful requirements for the welfare of animals raised for food. Organic certification pertains only to the food the animals are consuming and the use of growth hormones and antibiotics. The animals raised under these guidelines are susceptible to all of the same sources of stress, pain and fear as any other animal raised for food. A prime example is the fact that babies are taken from their mother shortly after birth.

The producers of animal products know that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the inherent cruelty required to raise animals for food. They believe they can successfully overcome this negative image by simply creating deceitful labels and placing images of content animals on the package.

At the end of the day, all animals raised for food are killed when they are no longer “profitable.” This inescapable fate is the epitome of an inhumane process. Adopting a vegan lifestyle is the only way to ensure that you are not contributing to this unnecessary suffering.

* Retrieved 9/4/17 from https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/e2853601-3edb-45d3-90dc-1bef17b7f277/Meat_and_Poultry_Labeling_Terms.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Please sign and share the petition to Safeway/Albertsons’ CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!

Please sign our friends, at Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, petition to Albertsons, asking them to remove ALL grocery noncompete clauses affecting the Park Manor Shopping Center.

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

* Suggested language and details: Please make a polite phone call and keep in mind the person you are speaking to probably has no idea about this policy—most people don’t. You just need to stay on the line for a customer service representative. For Safeway, they will ask you for your full name and phone number and if you have a Safeway card number.
 
Suggested language: “I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway / Albertsons policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway / Albertsons to end this policy immediately.”
 

If they ask questions you cannot answer, feel free to provide our email: info@foodispower.org and remind them you are calling because you disagree with this practice.

Order some of our leaflets to share with others by emailing info(at)foodispower.org.

 
 

Join us by taking a stand in front of your local Safeway / Albertsons! Find a demo to attend here.

Want to organize your own demo? We can send you leaflets and posters. Contact us here for additional details.

 
 
Take action on social media with hashtag #ShameOnSafeway & #ShameOnAlbertsons and tagging Safeway & Albertsons.

Thank you for wanting to take a stand against a corporation that is impacting the health of Black and Brown communities and low-income neighborhoods.

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