I've gotten used to the high meat prices in Switzerland, mainly because of the following reasons:
1. We eat now less meat than we used to, but we try to prepare it better.
2. The disposable income against meat price ratio is about the same here as in the EU (at least for me).
3. By buying Swiss meat, I believe that I am making an effort to maintain an animal friendly meat production industry and not the factory type farming like in the EU and US.
1. and 2. are a matter of just getting used to the price of meat here, but what about number 3? Am I just fooling myself? When I walk around here, I actually see animals outside and they seem happy. You hardly never see that in Finland anymore (and I do visit the countryside quite often as well). The animals are kept inside factories.
So are the swiss farm animals happier than their average EU comrades?
(The reason I am thinking about this is because of this: http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Pol.../1135232235980
If you follow the links, you will find some very graphical material. I am not in any way affiliated with this group.)