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Understand grocery labels for animal products

You can help farm animals live a better life by making informed decisions at the grocery store.

Caring about the lives of farm animals is a choice we can all make. The conditions in which farm animals live and die can be improved by our purchase power.

Food produced through humane farming methods, including high welfare free range and organic production can also have health benefits for you, and is better for the environment.

  • Raising animals humanely can use less feed, fuel and water than intensive farming, reducing costs and pollution.
  • Humane farms can create jobs, boost profits and keep local food supplies healthy.
  • By farming crops and livestock, humane farms can reduce environmental damage – recycling nutrients and improving the soil.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions are often reduced when animals are healthy and have good welfare.

What you can do

Choose higher welfare products

Use your copy of our guide to help you understand labels on animal products and how that relates to animal welfare.

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Eating less meat can help take cruelty off the menu

By making gradual changes to your lifestyle and diet, like eating fewer animal products and choosing higher welfare, you can create better lives for farm animals.

Remember, the easiest way to find out where meat, dairy and eggs come from is to ask – ask your supermarket, your favourite fast food restaurant, your local café. If they don’t serve higher welfare, they should, so keep asking.

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