Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights

High Plains Journal

In the past few years, you may have noticed major fast-food joints advertising their sourcing of food by more “ethical” farm practices. Panera Bread is the latest restaurant to get on its high horse and announce it will only source eggs from producers who do not use battery cages and pork from producers who do not use gestation stalls.

 You may also question why all these food companies are making these huge supply chain decisions, many times without consulting farmers. Cue animal rights activist alphabet soup. You’ve heard of HSUS, PETA, MFA, etc. These organizations demonize modern agriculture and profit from uneducated consumers that are lured in by images of sickly puppies and kittens.Full Story