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A report issued by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) looked at the findings from over 200 studies based on the relationship between the welfare of the animals and the nutrients from the animal products, and then picked data from 76 of the most supportive to include.

The CIWF claims that by opting for animals produced in higher welfare animal facilities consumers could significantly reduce their dietary intake of fat, including saturated fat.

Specifically, Compassion in World Farming claims higher welfare animal products are lower in fat content, higher in levels of Omega-3 and higher in levels of antioxidants. CIWF concludes that “a life worth living equals food worth eating.”

“The compelling results in our report indicate that raising animals in high welfare systems can have nutritional benefits for people,” Emily Lewis-Brown, research manager at U.K.-based Compassion in World Farming, the group that produced the report, said in a press release.

Among the group’s claims:

  • Pasture raised beef has 25 to 50 percent less fat, up to 430 percent more Omega 3s, and as much as 700 percent more beta-carotene.
  • A free-range chicken may have up to 50 percent less fat than an industrially farmed one, up to 565 percent more Omega 3s, and free-range eggs have up to 100 percent more vitamin E and 280 percent more beta-carotene.
  • Free-range pork has up to 200 percent more vitamin E and up to 290 percent more Omega 3s.

CIWF says farm animals are “sentient beings with the full capacity to experience both wellbeing and suffering. In the drive for cheap animal protein, billions of animals endure the barren confinement of factory farming systems.”


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