In the USA, for example, all that is required for chickens to be considered “free range” is for them to have “access to the outdoors”. In practice what this means is that thousands of birds are crammed into tiny, unhygienic, multi-platform barns designed to fit as many animals as possible, and then a tiny door is opened on the far end of the barn leading to some small porch area which most of the chickens never even find their way to.
As an ethical vegan, I avoid eating or otherwise using animal products to the best of my ability, regardless of how those animals were treated.
Animals are not “meats”
There’s a butcher shop not far from where I live that has angered me every time I’ve walked by it. Not just because…
But it’s important for non-vegans who say they genuinely care about animals to be aware of the realities of animal agriculture. Thank you for linking to United Poultry Concerns in that regard; I was guest host for their Conscious Eating Conference earlier this year, where we explored overlapping oppressions.