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Truth in labeling

Many years ago I learned that the best defense is a good offense… When I started the program, there were producers who would say they would not be on our program because our standards weren’t high enough… I would ask, “What standards specifically are you referring to?”  They would not respond.  The reason they would …

Does Certified Humane® have “free range” requirements?

We’ve recently been receiving inquiries about whether or not there is a “free range” requirement for animals in the Certified Humane® program.  We think it’s important to explain what our standards are and the reasoning behind them. The purpose of this program is to improve the lives of farm animals being raised for food.  Our …

Support a humane Thanksgiving: end turkey suffering and have a tasty meal all at the same time

Each year, over 10 billion animals raised for food in the U.S. endure inhumane treatment. Most are confined such that they can’t behave naturally. Sadly, turkeys are not immune to this cruelty. The biggest barrier is that most turkey producers don’t want to meet the space requirements in our standards, which allow turkeys the room …

Stop the USDA from implementing their poultry slaughter plan

We’ve received a lot of questions concerning the USDA’s plan that affects poultry slaughter negatively- for animals and for human health. Since the USDA planned to implement their controversial plan, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand requested a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the USDA’s plan. The plan was based on flawed data from a …

We often ask our supporters to request that their supermarkets carry Certified Humane® products. We know this may seem like a small action, but one person’s efforts can truly make a difference. We’re sharing an email that we received recently in hopes that more people will see the change that one person can make, and decide to do something about it themselves.

HFAC Celebrates Ten Years of Improving the Lives of Farm Animals

In the late 1990’s and early part of this new century, as I worked in Congress and lobbied Congress on animal issues, it was clear that farm animal welfare was a huge issue and not being addressed by anyone.  There were some organizations that promoted not eating animals at all, and some that were supporting …

Help us get Fresh Direct to Carry Certified Humane® products!

We’ve received some exciting news from one of our supporters.  She recently contacted FreshDirect, an online grocery company that delivers groceries in the New York City area, and asked them to carry Certified Humane® meat, eggs and dairy products.  She told us that their response was, “if more people ask for Certified Humane® products, we …

We have revised our Animal Care Standards for Beef Cattle and Dairy Cows

For many years, we have worked with our farmers and ranchers to identify practical ways to reduce the stress and sometimes pain that beef cattle and dairy cows experience after routine husbandry practices such as castration.  Previously, there were no medications available to farmers which could be easily used in the field, or that provided …