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 and humane handling methods. Our Animal Welfare Standards are based upon the guiding principles of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. With more than 200 rigorous, science-based standards covering everything from adequate spce to air and water quality, heating, lighting, shade, and the animals' ability to engage in natural behaviors. 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 02/08/2017 10:29:17
Bison Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:17
Broiler Chickens Audit Tool.pdf 01/05/2019 22:10:06
Dairy Cattle Audit Tool.pdf 12/03/2020 15:42:23
Dairy Goats Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:19
Ducks (Meat and Egg Layers).pdf 25/06/2019 14:05:10
Hatcheries Audit Tool.pdf 07/01/2019 10:45:40
Layers Cage Free Audit Tool.pdf 23/10/2019 14:07:58
Layers Free Range & Pasture Audit Tool.pdf 23/10/2019 14:07:58
Swine Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:24
Turkey Audit Tool.pdf 19/05/2020 12:22:00