If you eat food from animals, there are steps you can take to ensure that animals are raised in a more natural, humane setting than current factory farm standards.
These programs certify products that meet certain standards for farm animal treatment deeloped by each program. These standards are verified by third party visits to the facilities.
However, each program has different standards and guidelines, so we encourage you to research what each certification means and make informed choices.
Certified Humane The Certified Humane Raised & Handled Label is a consumer certification and labeling program.When you see the Certified Humane Raised & Handled label it means that an egg, dairy, meat or poultry product has been produced with the welfare of the farm animal in mind. Food products that carry the label are certified to have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.
American Humane Certified
American Humane created the American Humane Certified program (formerly known as the Free Farmed program), through which producers may obtain certification that their farm animals that are raised humanely in cage-free environments. As an example, the humane standards require that all American Humane Certified eggs be produced by chickens in a cage-free setting.
Animal Welfare Approved
Animal Welfare Approved is a seal for meat, poultry, dairy and eggs that features the highest standards for the humane treatment of farm animals. More than 500 farms comply with AWI’s standards, which provide consumers, grocers, chefs and other food buyers one comprehensive seal that differentiates the family farms that treat their animals humanely from agribusinesses that subject animals to cruel and unnatural conditions. The standards take into account all aspects of an animal’s life, from opportunities to socialize and behave naturally to assurances of comfort and freedom from intensive confinement.
Global Animal Partnership
Global Animal Partnership is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2008 that brings together farmers, scientists, ranchers, retailers, and animal advocates with the common goal of wanting to improve the welfare of animals in agriculture. Their signature program is 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards that recognizes and rewards producers for their welfare practices, promotes and facilitates continuous improvement, and better informs consumers about the production systems they choose to support. To date, nearly 1,200 operations, raising more than 140 million animals annually, have been audited and certified to the higher welfare Step standards by independent, third-party certification companies. The 5-Step rating is used by Whole Foods.