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Animal Welfare Standards

All animals we source are raised healthy and happy by our farmer partners -- they live lives in which they're allowed to be themselves. This is morally right, and it also produces better-tasting meat, since traumatic stress changes animals' body chemistry for the worse. 

Chickens raised humanely

Specifically, farmers commit to the following treatment standards:

  • Cattle have continuous access to pasture during the growing season.
  • Pigs are raised outdoors at all times during the growing season, on pesticide- and herbicide-free pasture or forested areas. When in shelters during part of the winter, deep bedding ensures no visible concrete. 
  • No physical alterations, including but not limited to:
    • Pigs: No tooth clipping, grinding, filing or de-tusking; disk or septum nose rings are never employed; no tail clipping.
    • Chicken: No beak trimming.
  • Animals have been humanely handled in loading, trucking and restraint; no electric prod of any kind has been utilized.

At processing time, animals are slaughtered quickly and humanely. Our processing partners are small-scale, family-owned business where family ownership closely manages slaughter, and which commit to transparent humane treatment standards.     

Additive-Free is Humane

See also our standards related to clean inputs free of chemicals and additives, as these also contribute to humane treatment. 


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