Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is an international nonprofit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter. The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices. When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment. You can find Certified Humane® products in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile and Peru.
HFAC’s Fact Sheets for consumers provide information about specific humane issues as they relate to farm animals covered by the Certified Humane® program.
The 41 member Scientific Committee is comprised of animal scientists and veterinarians from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America.
The standards are upheld through annual inspections conducted by scientists and veterinarians who are experts on the species they are inspecting. These are third-party independent inspections of all farms, ranches and slaughter facilities.
The benefit for consumers is that they can buy with confidence. The meat, poultry, egg and dairy products come from animals who have not received unnecessary antibiotics (one of the main reasons for antibiotic resistance in people) and the animals are not overcrowded in confinement systems, so it is better for the animals, the environment and the farmers who receive a fair price for their efforts.
Humane Farm Animal Care seeks to inspire individuals to be change-makers by asking for humane products. This demand motivates retailers, restaurants, and food service companies to ﬁnd qualifying producers and pay them fairly, and to ask for change from existing suppliers.