Animal Health and Welfare on Organic Farms
Organic livestock are fed, housed and looked after with a great deal of attention focused on their welfare. Organic farmers make sure that the animals have bedding (usually straw) and have lots of space to move around. By taking good care of the animals and feeding them well with a natural diet they have a much healthier life.
This is in great contrast to the terrible conditions factory farmed and intensively reared animals live in.
Standards have been set which aim to keep livestock in good health by promoting good standards of animal welfare, appropriate diets (herbivores should never eat animal proteins) and good day-to-day care.
If animals are ill, the farmer must make sure they are treated properly. Antibiotics and other medicines are sometimes used but only when there is no alternative treatment available or where they need to save an animals life or reduce its suffering. if treatment has been given, no product from the animal can be sold as organic for some time after the medicine was used. Very often, farmers use homeopathic treatments to help keep their animals healthy. The organic approach is a “preventative” approach by providing a better environment for the animals in the first place..
Organophosphorus pesticides can never be used to treat animals which are sold as organic.
There are much stricter rules in place for when animals are transported or slaughtered to ensure humane conditions.