How animal-friendly is organic?

Animal rights organisations widely recognize organic farming as the most animal-friendly farming approach. The organic method aims to work with healthy and resilient animals, which are kept in accordance with their natural behavorial instincts. Organic animals get more stable space, can go outside, and their bodies are kept intact: chickens may keep their beaks, pigs may keep their curly tails. The use of hormones and routine antibiotics is forbidden.

Animal-friendly in many ways

Organisations for animal protection generally agree that organic agriculture is the most animal friendly form of agriculture. Farm animals are allowed more space for their typical behaviour, eat better quality food, and are less subjected to body modifications. On the other hand, wild animals benefit greatly too. On organic farms, more biodiversity can be found which can manifest itself in more varieties of butterflies, birds, wild bees and small mammals, but also in invisible soil life. 

The most animal friendly form of agriculture

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The British Soil Association offers a good chapter on animal welfare: http://www.soilassociation.org/animalwelfare

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