The Humane Hoax

Essays Exposing the Myth of Happy Meat, Humane Dairy, and Ethical Eggs


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388 Pages


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Lantern Publishing & Media

This groundbreaking volume uncovers and critiques how animal agriculture’s new alternative marketing and labeling, known as the humane hoax, is represented in the media, and the negative impact it has on human and non-human communities alike.
As consumers become increasingly aware of the animal agriculture industry’s cruelty and environmental devastation, clever industry marketers are adapting with alternative “humane” and “sustainable” labeling and marketing campaigns. The term “humane hoax” is gaining traction in animal advocacy circles, defined as new language and labels in animal product marketing that convey a false narrative of humane treatment and sustainable management of farmed animal operations. “Cage-free,” “certified humane,” and other comforting labels are no longer elusive, dusty items only seen in the back corners of funky health food stores. They are now as numerous as cattle on a feedlot, spotted in common places like discount markets and your local coffee shop. Industry humane washing and greenwashing create reassuring language and euphemistic labels that tell a story of a supposed distinction from conventional animal products. But the reality on the ground, in the manure pits, during the mechanical milking, and inside the terrifying slaughterhouses is fundamentally unchanged, despite promises of something “new” and “improved.” In the absence of accurate information, it has never been more important to educate people on the realities behind the industry lies, and people are hungry for the truth.
The Humane Hoax features a range of engaging and thought-provoking essays from eighteen notable experts who are at the forefront of this marketing and societal shift, chronicling every aspect with in-depth analyses and intellectual rigor. Among other timely topics, we will explore how the humane hoax intersects with feminism and environmentalism, how it is represented in the media, and the affects it has on human and non-human communities alike. The Humane Hoax will leave the reader questioning everything that they have been conditioned to believe as consumers—and more . . .

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