Whole Foods to Use 'Animal Compassionate' Label

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The newest label in meat packaging is "animal compassionate." You'll see it at Whole Foods stores in the next few months. To get the "animal compassionate" label, farmers have to follow certain rules — like one that allows the use of electric prods only in emergencies.


Another meat packaging label is on its way to your grocery store. So today's last word on business can be found on the package of chicken.

Here are some of the labels you might see on pork chops or chicken breasts: cage free, free farmed and certified humane. Those labels indicate that the animal was raised in a humane environment. The newest label is going to be animal compassionate. You'll see it at Whole Foods stores in the next few months. People who grow the animals have to meet certain requirements to get the labels.

To get the animal compassionate label, farmers have to follow certain rules, like the one that allows the use of electric prods, but only in emergencies.

And this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from