• HH-NewHire-2014Dr. Donald Hoenig Named Chief Veterinary Advisor for American Humane Association’s Humane Heartland™ Program


    American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization and founder of the American Humane Certified™ program, the oldest and largest farm animal welfare program in the country, is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned veterinarian Dr. Donald Hoenig as Chief Veterinary Advisor for its Humane Heartland™ program. 

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  • retailersFarm Animal Welfare Survey

    The Results Are In!

    American Humane Association recently launched a survey to determine where
    consumers landed on the issue of humanely raised products.
    With over 2,600 survey participants, the results were fascinating!

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  • First Welfare Audit Program in the U.S. Now Certifies Nearly a Billion Animals

    The American Humane Certified™ program

    The American Humane Certified program traces its roots to the very formation of American Humane Association in 1877. That year, humane organizations from throughout the country gathered at a landmark meeting in Ohio to unite their missions and resources in a stronger voice to protect livestock from inhumane treatment.

    Learn more about our Certification.
  • home-slide-1Introducing Humane Heartland™

    An Expanded Farm Animal Welfare Program

    American Humane Association’s Humane Heartland™ farm animal welfare program provides ongoing outreach to farmers in the implementation of humane practices for animals by way of the American Humane Certified™ program and rigorous, science-based standards.

    Humane Heartland also provides humane care training for workers, review of equipment that improves animal welfare, humane education, and thought leadership in animal welfare and food issues.

    Learn more about Humane Heartland's farm animal program.

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    America's First Farm Animal Certification Program

    Ever since American Humane Association created the first third-party farm animal welfare certification program in the United States, awareness of animal welfare and its link to the quality and safety of food has grown steadily.

    For over 130 years, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major policy movement and shift in cultural attitudes aimed at improving the lives of children and animals.

    Learn more about American Humane Association.

  • honoring bondHonoring the Bond

    Exploring & nurturing the connection of people with animals

    Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of almost every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect.

    Humane Heartland educates consumers on the connection of farm animal welfare to healthy, safe and nutritious food.  We also support farm and ranch families in their stewardship of their animals and sustainable practices for our communities.

    Learn more about our science-based standards.

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    High Standards, Better Practices

    American Humane Association believes there should be humane choices for farmers, retailers and consumers.  Farm animal welfare is a standard of care everyone can support. 

    We continue to look for new humane solutions in production systems that provide welfare for animals as well as safe and affordable food choices for consumers.

    Animal welfare should be available and affordable to all people. 

    Learn more about how our standards benefit the consumer

Certified Producers

The Humane Table


Learn from the experts why choosing humanely raised foods is right for you and your family, then learn the joy of cooking those meals at home.

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Becoming Certified


The American Humane Certified™ program is a voluntary third party animal welfare audit program that is rapidly setting the standards for the way that food animals are raised in the U.S.

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Be a good egg... buy a good egg!

Make a humane choice in the eggs you buy

egg-basketIf you're like most Americans, you care about the welfare and treatment of the animals on our farms and ranches. In fact, in a recent national survey of 3,000 people across the country by American Humane Association, an overwhelming 89 percent said they were concerned about the welfare of animals in U.S. agriculture.

At American Humane Association, we believe that people want to do the right thing and that if they choose to eat dairy, meat, or eggs, they should be able to find humane choices that are safe and affordable.

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The Results Are In!


American Humane Association recently launched a survey to determine where
consumers landed on the issue of humanely raised products.
With over 2,600 survey participants, the results were fascinating!

View the results

CEO column:

Animal welfare: There are three humane choices for egg-laying hens

The egg has always generated conversation, beginning with its debatable role preceding the chicken. Recent news and legislation advance the chicken-egg relationship further by defining space requirements and additional welfare considerations for egg-laying hens and other farm animals.

Unfortunately, some important issues have been lost in the debate.

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Humane dairy products: Good for the cow. Good for you.


Choose dairy products made with the milk of human kindness

Lots of things go into making a great cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream and other dairy products, but when you go shopping, make sure your choices contain one important ingredient: The milk of human kindness. When you see the American Humane Certified™ seal, you know that the animals that produced the food you’re buying were treated humanely under verified and rigorous welfare standards that require space to move around, good health, and the kind of humane handling every living creature deserves.

Click here to find some of our Humane Heartland certified dairy choices

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