THE nation's first and largest independent farm animal welfare certification program is approaching a major milestone.
The American Humane Assn. (AHA) announced Sept. 12 that its American Humane Certified program now certifies the humane treatment of almost 10% of all farm animals raised for food production in the U.S.
The company said its agreement with Butterball further ensures that the program is not just the largest but also the fastest-growing effort of its kind.
"Every year, 10 billion animals are raised for food on America's farms and ranches, and all animals deserve to be treated humanely," said Robin Ganzert, AHA president and chief executive officer. "We are proud to now certify the welfare of nearly 1 billion of these animals, and we will continue to work to educate producers, retailers and consumers about the benefits of third-party welfare audits."
During its annual "Be Humane" summit in Orlando, Fla., AHA released the results of its farm animal welfare survey, which found that 89% of Americans said they are concerned about the welfare of animals raised for food.
Specifically, the survey found that consumers are more interested in a label indicating that animals were humanely raised than in labels declaring organic, natural or antibiotic-free production.