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 from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment. These standards are verified by third party visits to the facilities. The websites below provide lists of where you can obtain products approved under the labels.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has a new site, www.EatHumane.org, created to help people understand the various humane food labels. From here, visitors can also access the Grocery Store Database (to search for humane products available at their local grocery store) as well as a Restaurant Database (to search for restaurants that offer humane food options).
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 are raised humanely in cage-free environments. As an example, our humane standards require that all American Humane Certified eggs be produced by chickens in a cage-free setting; all eggs identified as American Humane Certified are produced in that manner.
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 our higher welfare Step standards by independent, third-party certification companies. The 5-Step rating is used by Whole Foods.