VEGAN, VEGETARIAN OR VEG FRIENDLY
Vegetarian (no meat/seafood, may use eggs, dairy or other animal products). Vegan (no animal products whatsoever - the most humane option) Veg Friendly - Has a dedicated vegan and/or vegetarian menu (at least 20% of overall menu)




HUMANE FRIENDLY
A restaurant using the term 'Humane', 'Humanely Raised' or 'Humanely Treated' to describe some or all of the items on their menu.




WATCH LIST
Menu items show that the restaurant is serving some of the most egregious food that causes the most harm to animals such as veal, foie gras, and shark fin. Take Action! Click on the restaurant listing to see what you can do to help encourage the restaurant make a positive change.




NOT YET HUMANE (Not Shown)
Restaurants that are not offering Veg/Humane food, but are also not selling the most cruel foods (see Watch List). These restaurants are not currently included in the listing database because they are so common. We encourage all our users to reach out to these restaurants and encourage them to go humane.




SEAFOOD (Future)
Seafood will be addressed in a future release. The humane aspects of seafood are varied and complex. In addition, there are no 3rd party humane certifications or common standards for the humane aspects of seafood. For now, we recommend reading up on what types of Seafood are the most humane and what are the most cruel.

Notes:
* A restaurant that serves something from the Watch List can not be classified as anything but Watch List despite other Humane options such as a Vegan menu.   
* When a restaurant is both Humane Friendly and Vegetarian Friendly, its primary categorization will be Humanely Raised and its secondary categorization will be Vegetarian Friendly.

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Humane Statement

To qualify as Humane Friendly, the restaurant must use the term "Humane" or a close variation: Humanely Raised, Humanely Treated etc:

  • On menu it says "We only buy humanely raised chickens"
  • A sign on the wall says "All of our meats are from humane farms"
  • The website says "We source from 3rd party certified humanely raised farms"
Terms like 'grass fed', 'free range' and 'cage free' don't count because they only address one aspect of the animal's welfare and restaurants serving anything from the Watch List should not be added as Humane Friendly.

How is this restaurant using the term 'Humane'?

Sometimes you will see the following terms to describe Humane treatment of animals. These are often positive improvements for animals but are often the sole positive aspect of their lives when many other aspects of their lives involve cruelty.

For example, you might see the term "Free range chicken". On its own, that is positive. However, that same supplier might also have cut its beak without anaesthesia, used high growth hormones so that it can barely walk and be slaughtered inhumanely.

Good Terms That Don't Count

  • Antibiotic Free
  • Cage Free
  • Chemical Free
  • Free Range
  • Free Roaming
  • Grain fed
  • Grass fed
  • Hormone Free
  • Natural
  • Naturally Raised
  • Pasture Raised
  • Vegetarian Fed

Again, we want to re-iterate that these are all positive things, but they might also be used to trick you into thinking that the animal had a Humane life. We're looking specifically for the word 'Humane' to describe a broad approach to how animals are treated.

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Veg Friendly?

Qualifying as Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly

To qualify as Vegan or Vegetarian Friendly the restaurant must have a designated Vegan or Vegetarian menu.

This can be a separate menu, or items can be marked as Vegan/Vegetarian on the main menu. The number of Veg options must be sizeable: 20% as large as the overall menu.  Just one or two vegi options doesn't cut it!

To qualify, the restaurant also can't be selling anything from the Watch List.

 Does it qualify?

Yes, it qualifies

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Veg Friendly?

Qualifying as Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly

To qualify as Vegan or Vegetarian Friendly the restaurant must have a designated Vegan or Vegetarian menu.

This can be a separate menu, or items can be marked as Vegan/Vegetarian on the main menu. The number of Veg options must be sizeable: 20% as large as the overall menu.  Just one or two vegi options doesn't cut it!

To qualify, the restaurant also can't be selling anything from the Watch List.

 Does it qualify?

Yes, it qualifies

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Vegan or Vegetarian

Qualifying as Vegan or Vegetarian

To qualify as vegan, the restaurant must be 100% Vegan - not serving any animal products whatsoever. To qualify as Vegetarian, the restaurant may not serve any meat (including seafood) but may serve eggs and dairy products.  Does it qualify?

Yes, it qualifies

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Vegan or Vegetarian

Qualifying as Vegan or Vegetarian

To qualify as vegan, the restaurant must be 100% Vegan - not serving any animal products whatsoever. To qualify as Vegetarian, the restaurant may not serve any meat (including seafood) but may serve eggs and dairy products.  Does it qualify?

Yes, it qualifies

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Seafood Restaurant?

Qualifying as Seafood Restaurant

To qualify as a seafood restaurant, a majority of the menu should be seafood.

Yes, it qualifies

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Watch List?

Which Watch List food does the restaurant have on their menu?


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