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

 
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Turkey Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:24
Swine Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:24
Meat Ducks Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:23
Layers Free Range & Pasture Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:22
Layers Cage Free Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:21
Layers Enriched Colony Housing Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:21
Dairy Goats Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:19
Hatcheries Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:19
Broiler Chickens Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:18
Dairy Cattle Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:18
Beef Cattle Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:17
Bison Audit Tool.pdf 02/08/2017 10:29:17