Target: Raymond Thompson, owner of Thompson Farms
Goal: Applaud this industry-leading humane treatment of pigs raised for consumption
It is not every day that one comes across a pig farmer who treats his pigs extremely well; industry standard is profit over quality. Thankfully there is a farmer who believes that it is necessary to raise pigs well, on the same farm from birth to slaughter, with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Raymond Thompson treats the pigs on his farm so well that he has earned a spot as an example for excellent animal welfare.
Thompson Farms, Georgia, is a supplier of Whole Foods Market. Raymond’s personal standards for raising pigs have awarded him and his farm a 5+ rating on Whole Foods Market’s Animal Welfare Rating System. This is the highest rating available, reserved for farmers who go the extra mile for their animals. Every pig on the farm is born and slaughtered on the 1,000 acre lot, allowed to roam free, never administered hormones and is given quality food.
While industry standard does not consider animal welfare, instead preferring quantity over quality, a farmer like Raymond Thompson is a wonderful testament to the many rewards of treating an animal humanely. Though more people are choosing not to eat meat, for many reasons, those who are opposed to inhumane treatment can rest assured: quality farmers do still exist and Raymond Thompson is proof. Applaud Raymond for his dedication to the well-being of animals raised for consumption.
Dear Raymond Thompson,
You are the first farmer to receive a 5+ rating on Whole Foods Market’s Animal Welfare Rating System. I am writing to congratulate you on your achievement, and to thank you for your dedication to the pigs that you raise.
Your operation is unfortunately not a very common sight anymore. In today’s economy most pig farmers are concerned about making the most profit, in turn spending little time and energy on their animals. It gives me great hope to know that you go out of your way to ensure that your animals live the best life possible before slaughter.
Thank you for putting the well-being of your pigs before profit. You are a beacon of hope in a time when people blindly fund factory-farming and inhumane treatment. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated.
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