Each year about 10 billion animals are raised in the US for food. The vast majority of them spend their lives in factory farms, crammed into crowded holding cells before being killed in slaughter plants. There are virtually no meaningful government regulatory standards protecting these animals from abuse. It is up to individual companies and farms to decide whether or not to treat animals with respect and compassion. Many of us choose not to eat meat at all, whether we are vegetarian or vegan, but if you do, you believe in supporting companies and brands that strive to treat animals humanely, and in transparency in labeling and in practice.
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