Look for a Certified Humane® turkey this Thanksgiving

turkey 2015(HERNDON, VA, USA) November 12, 2015 – If you’re serving turkey this Thanksgiving and care about how farm animals are raised, then Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) recommends you shop for a Certified Humane® turkey.

HFAC, the leading international nonprofit certification program improving the lives of millions of farm animals in food production, allows farmers and producers to use the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on their products if they meet HFAC’s precise Animal Care Standards for the humane treatment of farm animals. Producer compliance with HFAC standards is verified through annual on-site visits by third-party inspectors.

HFAC’s Certified Humane® label assures consumers that the meat, poultry, egg, or dairy products they purchase have been produced according to HFAC’s precise standards for humane farm animal treatment.

“For turkeys, this means they must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behaviors, such as flapping wings, moving around freely and perching above ground at night,” says Adele Douglass, executive director for HFAC.

Douglass says, “The Certified Humane® label is a market-driven solution that helps compassionate farmers gain a competitive edge, while giving consumers the opportunity to shop and eat based on their values. Studies show that nearly 70% of consumers want to know where their food comes from and, most importantly, how those animals are raised during the process.”

Currently, three turkey producers meet the Certified Humane® label standards of care for their whole bird turkey products: White Oak Pastures, Ayrshire Farm, and Koch’s Turkey.

To find Certified Humane®  products at a store near you or to order directly from one of the turkey producers’ websites, visit “Where to Buy” at www.certifiedhumane.org or download the free Certified Humane® App for iPhone or Google Play for Android.