At the inaugural Be Humane summit, American Humane Association, the first national humane organization, announced that it now certifies the welfare of nearly 1 billion farm animals in the United States. This announcement means the organization’s American Humane Certified program oversees the humane treatment of almost 10 percent of all animals raised on America’s farms and ranches each year in food production.
“Every year, 10 billion animals are raised for food on America’s farms and ranches, and all animals deserve to be treated humanely,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “Yet 90 percent of them still do not live under scientifically-based welfare standards in independently-verified living conditions. We are proud to now certify the welfare of nearly 1 billion of these animals, and we will continue to work hard to educate producers, retailers, and consumers about the benefits of third-party welfare audits.”
American Humane Association just published the “Humane Heartland Farm Animal Welfare Survey.” A key finding in the researchis that 89 percent of almost 3,000 Americans surveyed stated they were concerned about the welfare of animals raised on farms and ranches. In addition, when asked what factors were most important to them, a label indicating the animals were humanely raised was ranked as the highest in importance, over organic, natural, and antibiotic-free.
The American Humane Certified program employs ethical, science-based and veterinary-backed standards validated by world-renowned animal welfare experts and advocates such as Dr. Temple Grandin and poultry specialist Dr. Joy Mench, who serve on the organization’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Program standards and audit criteria assess humane treatment, ensuring comfortable living conditions and greater accountability. Program standards are built on the internationally accepted values of the Five Freedoms, as adopted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury, disease
- Freedom to express normal behaviors
- Freedom from fear and distress
The “Humane Heartland™ Farm Animal Welfare Survey” is available for download at www.americanhumane.org.