Certified Humane Raised and Handled
Pork and beef processors are visited by third-party inspectors who are animal welfare experts to verify compliance of Certified Humane farmers/producers. Environmental standards must be complied with in addition to a higher benchmark for slaughtering farm animals. A benchmark higher than the required levels set by the Federal Humane Slaughter Act.
Nevertheless, the following is allowed: Outdoor access and visible daylight are not required for all species. Chickens may not be in cages, but they are inside barns or a warehouse that some will consider over-crowed. These chickens are not "free-range." Birds can be "debeaked" and pigs can have tail-docking done to them.
Please review our Food Labels Decoded posting on September 23, 2013, titled American Humane Certified. Images of debeaking, farrowing crates, and tail-docking, can be seen by Clicking Here.
Bill Lauto, GTG