The chicken industry has designated September as National Chicken Month, so here at the ASPCA, we’re using this month as an opportunity to discuss important chicken welfare issues. Read the first installment of a three-part series by the ASPCA Farm team.
Summer has a tendency to fly by. It seems like just yesterday that we were stocking up on bug spray, beach umbrellas and iced tea. Suddenly, it’s September, and your shopping list likely features notebooks and backpacks as well as school lunches and weeknight dinners. It’s a lot to juggle!
When selecting meat, eggs and dairy for omelets or chicken salad sandwiches, you may be bombarded with confusing and potentially misleading food labels. Is it better to go with cage-free or free-range eggs? Was this cow grass-fed? And if so, is that better than the other available options?
In a recent survey we found that 78% of respondents believe raising chickens more humanely leads to safer products, yet few trust companies making chicken products to look out for either consumers’ health or the animals’ welfare.* That being said, we’ve created a simple, printable Meat, Eggs and Dairy Label Guide that will help you navigate the murky territory of food labels.
Your family can now learn what the most common animal welfare-related food labels really mean for farm animals. The guide includes summaries of various certification programs and a list of common food label terms and claims. It will help you think outside of the box and make smarter choices about your food for your family and farm animals, too. We know this time of year can be busier and more stressful than the lazy days of summer, but when it comes to understanding the labels on your food, we’ve got you covered.
Want to get involved? Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #ChickenMonth, and check back next week for part two of this series.
*The ASPCA supplied questions to Edge Research who designed the survey, which was conducted via phone by Caravan ORC International between August 14 and 17, 2014.