Science-Based Standards

The American Humane Certified™ Animal Welfare Standards are species-specific and grounded on solid scientific research. The standards were created with input from renowned animal science experts and veterinarians and are frequently reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Committee to reflect current research, technological advances, best practices, and humane handling methods. Our Animal Welfare Standards were built upon the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, which require that an animal be healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express normal behavior, and free from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. American Humane Certified producers are audited for their compliance to the standards. Our audit tools, full standards, and supplemental templates are fully transparent and can be downloaded below.

Standards Documents

File name Last changed
Beef Cattle Audit Tool.pdf 31/03/2016 09:21:59
Bison Audit Tool.pdf 08/04/2016 15:12:28
Broiler Chicken Audit Tool.pdf 02/11/2016 11:02:25
Dairy Cattle Audit Tool.pdf 30/03/2016 16:06:41
Dairy Goat Audit Tool.pdf 08/04/2016 15:12:29
Hatcheries Audit Tool.pdf 09/06/2016 14:17:45
Layers Cage Free Audit Tool.pdf 29/08/2016 14:52:05
Layers Enriched Colony Housing Audit Tool.pdf 19/01/2016 10:42:17
Layers Free Range & Pasture Audit Tool.pdf 29/08/2016 14:52:06
Meat Ducks Audit Tool.pdf 18/04/2016 14:39:16
Swine Audit Tool.pdf 02/11/2016 11:05:10
Turkey Audit Tool.pdf 10/12/2015 15:17:33