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Humane Ham for the Holidays

12/21/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Ah, holiday dinners. There's nothing better than gathering with friends and family for a delicious meal. Like the celebrations of years past, my family gatherings this year are sure to include a smorgasbord of meats, veggies and grains. I can't wait! But something is weighing on my mind — what can I do to ensure that my dinner didn't support the undue suffering of farm animals?

How can you confirm that you are buying products from producers that don't use gestation crates, overcrowded cages and the like? If you don't have access to a nearby farm, you can start by choosing dairy, eggs and meats with the Certified Humane seal; you'll know that the product you're purchasing was raised and handled with a firm, independently verified set of standards. Also, on their Web site, you can search for stores in your area that carry certified products.



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