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Causes: Agricultural Programs, Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Food

Mission: Humane Farm Animal Care's mission is to improve the lives of farm animals by providing viable, credible duly monitored standards for humane food production; and ensure consumers that certified products meet these standards.

Results: In 2003, when HFAC was founded, 143,000 animals were raised under HFAC's “Animal Care Standards”. HFAC certified the humane treatment of 76.8 million animals in 2012 alone, a 135% increase from the amount of animals on the program the previous year. HFAC has already seen great progress in 2013. This year, our organization’s list of producers grew to over 100, which means more farms adhered to HFAC’s “Animal Care Standards” and more animals received humane treatment. Consumer demand for Certified Humane® products continued to grow: Certified Humane® products are now available in over 10,000 retailers in all 50 states. HFAC has always had strong support from humane organizations. This year, our supporting organizations list grew to over 50 organizations.

Target demographics: farm animals in food production

Direct beneficiaries per year: 76.8 million farm animals

Geographic areas served: the United States and Internationally

Programs: the Certified Humane® certification and labeling program for meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy. The Certified Humane Program has standards for beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, laying hens, sheep, goats, and young dairy beef. Although each species has individual welfare needs that are reflected in their standards, there are common threads throughout all the standards, such as nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors like rooting for pigs and perching for hens. Slaughter standards for livestock are the American Meat Institute Guidelines (AMI) written by Dr. Temple Grandin, a member of HFAC’s Scientific Committee and poultry slaughter standards were written by the Scientific Committee.

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2 Zeina K.

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Rating: 5

Humane Farm Animal Care is the most transparent, credible certification program in farm animal food production. Their scientific animal care standards are transparent, credible and functional; the detail covers the needs of the animals to ensure the highest standard of welfare, while providing farmers, processing plants and slaughterhouses the necessary tools that ensure the well-being of farm animals from birth through slaughter. All documentation is transparent with Humane Farm Animal Care, and consumers can rest assured that the Certified Humane(r) products sold throughout the United States, Canada, Peru and Brazil are products that have come from inspected farms from experts in the field of each species. The Certified Humane(r) program covers 10 species, including laying hens, broiler chickens, beef cattle, young dairy beef, bison, turkey, pigs, goats and sheep. The non-profit relies on both foundation grants and individual donations from the public to ensure its sustainability, as only a small portion of the royalty proceeds fund the implementation of the program. To learn more, I suggest you visit their website, at certifiedhumane.org. It is time for change in agricultural industry - it is time to ensure the welfare of farm animals in food production.

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