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From the Linewaiter's Gazette: "The Five Freedoms for Animals—Plus One for Coop Members"

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[From the December 25, 2014 edition of the Linewaiter's Gazette]

By Kama Einhorn, Animal Welfare Committee
The welfare of animals involved in food production has been a major concern for many since the beginning of our industrialized food system. Coop members are, of course, no exception. The Coop’s Animal Welfare Committee seeks to address these concerns by educating and providing facts to our fellow Coop members about what’s happening on the farms from which our animal products originate.
In the 1960s, as factory farming became increasingly standard practice in the UK, the British government commissioned an investigation into the welfare of “intensively farmed animals.” Soon after, they created the Farm Animal Welfare Council, which developed a set of guidelines now known in the animal welfare movement as the Five Freedoms:
Freedom from thirst and hunger: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
Freedom from discomfort: by providing an appropria…