Is it possible to enjoy wool fashion without supporting animal cruelty? Yes, if you make the effort to buy humane wool and wool products from ethical producers. Here I’ve put together some sources of humane wool to make cruelty-free living easier for you.
Let me start by saying that I am very well aware that humane farming labels are sometimes misleading. Factory farms often label their products “humane” as a marketing ploy. The term “humane” is not defined or regulated by the USDA and therefore producers can use it as they please. You can read more on that here.
If you’re a meat eating animal lover, then every Thanksgiving you should do your part to help turkeys by buying from a humane and ethically raised source. Every time you buy humane, you decrease the demand of factory farms, and slowly encourage them to change their animal welfare practices.
When people think about animal welfare and animal rights, usually what comes to mind are land animals in factory farms. Yet, marine life accounts for the largest portion of animals killed each year for food. In 2009, an estimated 51 billion sea animals were killed for food, compared to 8.27 billion land animals.
On the surface, the subject of pet food animal testing sounds silly because we would all want pet food tested before feeding it to our pets. And the idea of cats & dogs testing food doesn’t sound a bit cruel. But in the case of pet food, the testing is not what is cruel. The problem is how these tests are done. In many cases test dogs and cats are held in captivity in laboratory cages for their entire lives. It’s hypocritical to subject other dogs and cats to captivity for the sake of our pets.
One of the things I struggled with as a vegetarian was whether I should put my dog on a vegetarian diet to go along with my ethical choices. I researched this a lot and the opinions are so varied that I could never make a decision. There are people who claim that their dogs thrived on a vegan/vegetarian diet, and there are others who call it unnatural because a dogs’ natural instinct is to eat meat.
If you’re one of many animal welfare conscious shoppers, you probably try your best to buy meat from responsible sources. But you probably feel a little overwhelmed by the number of marketing claims in meat packaging. Should you buy the “humanely raised” chicken? Or should you go with the “stress free” chicken? Shouldn’t “humanely raised” chicken be “stress free?” This post will answer those questions for you. I’ve compiled a list of the most common terms and labels with a summary of the meaning behind it. Unfortunately, not many are credible. But we do have some hope.