Questions tagged [animal-welfare]

Refers to the quality of life and wellbeing of animals, particularly of animals kept by humans. This tag should be used for questions about the conditions and treatment of animals raised or kept for use in the production of food and other products for human use, including the legal or regulatory protections extended to such animals. As always, please make sure your question is specific and answerable rather than inviting discussion.

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Cows roaming freely and self feeding

I was wondering what would happen if instead of being fed hay cows would be let free and roam freely once they no longer produced milk. I ask because I have seen pictures of cows in cold climates eat ...
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How is taurine for cats synthesized?

I've read that taurine can be synthesized and given to cats, so that they may follow a vegan diet. I was wondering if anyone could please describe in detail how this is done in practice, describing ...
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How to access cat meat from animals that were not killed

What would be the problem with feeding cats with only meat from dead carcasses from animals that aged and then died of a natural death (i.e., the meat, would be, only from animals that are not killed)....
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Does it make sense to have carnivore pets if you are vegetarian/vegan? [closed]

I am vegetarian (I don't eat meat and fish). I have had dogs as pets in my life. More precisely, when I lived with my parents we had dogs. It doesn't really matter, but they were German shepards. My ...
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Milk not associated to cow slaughter

Is it possible to purchase milk, perhaps at an increased price, that carries the label that no cow slaughter is carried out at the dairy (and, you pay, for the cows to be fed as they later age and no ...
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Percentage milked labeled food items containing milk

Are there any food items that can be bought on the market with the "cows sparingly milked" label. Perhaps, even with a tit percent milk milked stem, next to the percentage label.
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Food products with sparingly milked cows, to ensure the success and spread, and the preservation, of their population

What could people eat, to ensure a loss in population and its friendly, happy, heart warning, dynamics of cows would be brought to an end. Would the solution be to market, and agree to consume, ...
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Cruelty free protein enhanced milk for cats to base their diet on

Is it possible to add vegan or vegetarian derived protein supplements to milk to give them the strength of a meat substitute suitable for cat diets. It, would be such, that the cat can base their ...
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What youth organizations are dedicated to animal rights and veganism?

Seeking assistance identifying youth organizations that are actively involved in animal rights advocacy and promoting veganism. Details such as name, location, mission, and notable projects are ...
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Is there a way to determine what kinds of fish tend to feel the smallest amount of pain?

I am asking this question because I am trying to make my diet less cruelty-oriented, for this reason this question can be related to trolley problem since I am coping with an ethical problem trying to ...
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What happens when an animal gets spooked on the way to slaughter and refuses to continue?

Apologies if this isn't appropriate for this SE - it was the most relevant one I could find. When animals are being led to slaughter, I imagine it must happen occasionally that one gets the sense ...
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How much money do I need to donate to charity to justify not being vegan?

I care about animal welfare and climate change but do not want to go vegan. Suppose I eat a typical American diet. How much money would I need to donate each year to the most effective charities to ...
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Eating 100 small fish or 1 big fish [closed]

What is the right answer - assume somebody asks you - to the question what is ethically better for a non-vegetarian person to eat (or what you would recommend him to eat, if you have to): 100 small ...
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Are black truffles vegan?

Tuber melanosporum better known as black truffles or French black truffles are a type of fungi that grows on the roots of trees. Because they grow underground, they are quite difficult to find and ...
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

In what way are cows harmed by the production of cows milk? It's obvious that meat comes from an animal that had to die, but you don't need to kill a cow to get her milk.
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Benefits for the used animals when producing according to the EU Eco regulation?

In 2010, the EU introduced an organic certification label for agricultural products that meet the criteria of the EU Eco regulation. Alice doesn’t want to avoid animal products, but she wants to ...
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Are there any dairy farms that don't kill cows or calves?

Young calves and old cows on dairy farms are typically sent to slaughter because they are no longer useful for milk production. Are there any farms (past or present) that operate as a business and ...
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Why is keeping backyard hens inconsistent with veganism?

If somebody keeps egg-laying hens in their backyard and makes sure they are loved and well cared-for, what's wrong with taking and eating their eggs from the perspective of veganism? If a person who ...
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Does a live animal tracking system for vegetarian products exist?

I am thinking of a label system on cheese and egg found in supermarkets whereby you can use your phone camera to scan a bar code on those products. It would take you to a live supervision camera ...
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Jobs for a 15 year old vegan?

Title says it all; I'm vegan for animal cruelty reasons, and would rather not be handling meat, which is difficult considering most of jobs available to me are fast food. At this point I'm expecting ...
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Has any government banned animal slaughter for human consumption? Was it effective for increasing animal rights?

Personally I think that it would be better to make animal slaughter illegal as to the extent which is possible. I feel that this would help to improve their conditions. However I am also aware that ...
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Do laws about organic foods include directives about animal welfare?

Yep, simple and straightforward: do laws about organic foods include directives about animal wellbeing? For example, if a firm that sells eggs wants to sell them as organic does it have to follow any ...
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How can animal cruelty be considered legal based on "cultural heritage" argument?

I have read some information about foie gras controversy and have encountered this piece of information: "Until new scientific evidence on alternative methods and their welfare aspects is ...
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What's the difference between legislation protecting pets and lab animals (etc) and farm animals in the U.S.?

In the U.S., there are strict laws in place on the treatment of pets and lab animals. Abusing an animal is normally punishable by law. Yet, it is legal for farm animals to be kept in conditions ...
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What percentage of farm animals are mistreated in some way?

Many non-veg*ns agree that various practices on farms are cruel and do not wish to support them, but believe that the practices are rare. Is this true? I'm looking for statistics from any country on ...
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Which animal species is the most negatively affected by indirect human activities?

Realising the direct impact humans have on animal species is easy - it is obvious and intended. Changing one's actions so as to not impact these animals is therefore easy as well, one just stops doing ...
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How many animals are required by the average North American omnivorous diet?

How many animals are required per year by the average North American omnivorous diet to provide the required meat, dairy, and eggs? How much smaller is this number for vegetarian diets? I am ...
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How big would the populations of farm animals be if not artificially raised by humans?

To satisfy our palate (and dietary needs, historically) we started to use many animals, some of which we now keep in extremely high numbers (estimates of 1 billion to 1.4 billion of cattle alone). ...
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Can birds suffer?

Birds have a reputation of having rather simple brains. Sure, they can react to stimuli to avoid danger and survive, e.g. if I kick a chicken it will probably try to avoid me, but is this just ...
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Does the production of down typically involve killing or hurting birds?

Down consists of bird feathers. In principle it could be sourced from feathers that birds have lost naturally, so it should not require to kill or hurt any animal. Are down feathers typically ...
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Do bivalves such as oysters feel pain or fear?

In moral arguments for veganism, the pain, stress, and fear experienced by animals is often given as an argument. I have read some arguments that vegetarians should be OK with eating oysters and ...
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