(Norther Virginia, USA) November 2, 2017 – If you care about farm animals, then Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) hopes you will look for the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label when you plan your Thanksgiving meal this year.
The Certified Humane® label assures consumers that the turkey, chicken, meat, eggs, or dairy products they purchase have been produced by farmers who support the humane treatment of farm animals by following HFAC’s precise Standards of Animal Care.
Take turkeys, for example.
Under HFAC’s standards, farmers must feed turkeys nutritious diets without antibiotic or animal by-products. They must provide turkeys with proper shelter, resting areas, and space sufficient to support the bird’s natural behaviors, such as flapping wings and moving around freely. They must provide perches, so the turkeys can perch at night. And, they also must give turkeys a minimum of eight hours of light and eight hours of darkness each day to maintain the bird’s natural life cycles. HFAC’s standards of animal care are verified through farm inspections.
Currently, the turkey producers in the U.S. who meet HFAC’s standards for their whole bird turkey products and carry the Certified Humane® label include White Oak Pastures, Ayrshire Farms, and Koch’s Turkey.
To find stores that sell Certified Humane® turkeys and other products, visit Certified Humane’s “Where to Buy” page or download the free Certified Humane® App. Ayrshire Farms can ship a Certified Humane® turkey anywhere in the country.
If you can’t find a Certified Humane® turkey or other food at your local grocery store, visit HFAC’s Take Action page for information on how to encourage grocery stores to carry Certified Humane® products.
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is a global nonprofit that improves the lives of farm animals in food production. Since HFAC launched in May 2003, more than 110 companies, representing 5,000 farms and 665 million farm animals, have been Certified Humane®. The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is endorsed by 66 humane organizations across the U.S.
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