The science-based standards that comprise the core practices of the American Humane Certified™ farm animal welfare certification program were created with input from animal science experts.
In order to constantly maintain the program’s effectiveness, American Humane Association regularly reviews and updates the standards with its distinguished Scientific Advisory Committee so that producers have the benefit of the latest global research, technological advances, best practices, and new methods for more humane care.
These thorough, comprehensive measures were built upon accepted values including:
- The “Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare” created by the Farm Animal Welfare Council and adopted as the welfare standards of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- The Federation of Animal Science Societies' “Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching”
- Various other practical standards and animal husbandry guidelines.
Those standards can be download below.
Download Our Standards Documents
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