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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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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? [closed]

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 ...