(HERNDON, VA, USA) June 22, 2015 — Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international non-profit certification organization improving the lives of millions of farm animals in food production, announced this week that L.P. Farm Fresh Chicken is the newest farm to join the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program.
Father-son team, Peter and Tony Entz work on the 8000-acre farm on Lone Pine Colony in Calgary, Alberta, Canada – one of several hundred Hutterite colonies in Canada.
The Hutterites are a communal people dating back to the 1500s, originating in Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic. When they migrated to North America, many headed to Canada in 1918, where generations still live in scattered colonies. Families live and work in these colonies, where they raise livestock and produce manufactured goods to sell for the benefit of the community.
The Entz family comes from more than 400 years of Hutterite family farmers. “Hutterites are known as the country’s top farmers,” said Tony. “Animals are always a priority for us. You always want to take care of your animals.”
According to Adele Douglass, executive director for HFAC, Lone Pine Colony passed all of the Certified Humane® qualifications and can use the Certified Humane® label on their L.P. Farm Fresh Chicken products. The Certified Humane® label assures consumers that farm animals are raised where they can express their natural behaviors and move around freely, and without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products.
Endorsed by 66 humane organizations, the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is nationally recognized as the Gold Standard for certifying animal welfare from birth through slaughter. Producer compliance with the HFAC standards is verified through on-site visits by HFAC’s third-party inspectors.
For more information on HFAC and the Certified Humane® label, visit www.certifiedhumane.org.