certified-humane.jpgThe Certified Humane Raised & Handled® program is the only farm animal welfare and food labeling program in the U.S. dedicated to improving the welfare of farm animals in food production and include all stages of the animal’s life including handling and slaughter. What do the standards require?

Humane Farm Animal Care’s Animal Care Standards require that animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress and additionally require that:

  • The use of growth hormones and antibiotics is prohibited;
  • Animals must be free to move and not be confined – Cages, crates and tie stalls are prohibited. This means that chickens are able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root;
  • Livestock have access to sufficient, clean, and nutritious feed and water;
  • They must have sufficient protection from weather elements and an environment that promotes well being;
  • Managers and caretakers must be thoroughly trained, skilled and competent in animal husbandry and welfare, and have good working knowledge of their system and the livestock in their care.
  • Farmers and Ranchers must comply with food safety and environmental regulations.

The bottom line is that while not eating meat is the best choice for the environment, not everyone is willing to give it up. That said, humanely raised and handled meat is still better for the environment, as well as the people who eat it, than conventionally raised meat.

Find It Here: Where to Buy Certified Humane Products