Are you always on the hunt for restaurants that make you feel good about what you’re eating? A new app called the Humane Eating Project is coming out to make it easier than ever to eat out responsibly. The San Diego-based nonprofit America For Animals is developing The Humane Eating Project to help people locate restaurants that offer humanely-raised, vegan or vegetarian menu items. The app allows people to search through a database of thousands of chain and independently-owned restaurants that offer sustainable food options.

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The Humane Eating Project has assembled a database of over 16,000 restaurants. To get on the database, a restaurant has to have a vegan, vegetarian menu or explicitly state that it serves humane or humanely-­raised food. In addition to providing an extensive database of sustainable restaurants, the app is also a full­ service locator, complete with Google mapping of restaurants, driving directions and Yelp! reviews. It also includes social features that allow users to keep track of what a friend’s favorite restaurants are and display comments they make about restaurants they visit.

In addition to showing which restaurants offer sustainable food, the Humane Eating Project will also show which restaurants sell inhumane and unethical foods through something called the Watch List. Restaurants that sell things like foie gras, veal and shark fin soup will be flagged through the Watch List to help restaurant goers to make informed decisions about where they spend their money. The app also enables users to start a petition with their network of friends to encourage restaurants to get off the Watch List.

The Humane Eating Project is aiming to come to a phone near you very soon. But first, it is launching a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo on January 6th, 2013 with a funding goal of $15,000. Click here to donate and help get the app off the ground.

Photo by jslander from Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in South Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, California (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons