"Oganic production" – the big excuse of consumers and producers. Even if the demand for organic products is increasing, we should still be critical of this trend: in the cultivation of plants it is often a good alternative, in animal husbandry it is often a sham.
For it makes the consumer believe that he chooses to buy products that were treated "appropriately to the species". It is true, in organic farming animals are allotted some more space, but the cruel practices (cf. animal protection laws) like castrating without sedation, the cutting off of the tails, the clipping of beaks, the burning-out of horns and chick-sexing can also be found in organic farming. Also 'organic' animals are meant to make profits and are treated as things.
Even for the products that are labelled "organic" the conditions of the keeping range from "okay" to "catastrophic", which is shown by this picture from an 'organic' farm of laying hens.
In spite of it all, for reasons of fairness, we must say that there are farms which correspond to the 'organic' principle. There, animals can live in a way that is appropriate to their species and maybe are slaughtered immediately on the pasture, which spares them the stressful journey to the slaughterhouse. But, unfortunately, this applies to only 2% of the total production.
But even if we allowed the animals to live like lords and if we killed them painlessly, the question why we do so still remains.
As it has been shown under Food & Vegan, it is simply unnecessary to consume animal products and if we keep on doing so, the massive destruction of the environment will not be stopped.