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The AHA: Working to Save Farm Animals from Neglect and Abuse

January 20, 2014

Since 1877, the American Humane Association has advocated for the welfare of children and domestic and working animals. National statistics show that abuse of animals in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and livestock auctions is rampant, and neglect of livestock remains a point of concern. The problem is compounded by the fact that, in many states, it is difficult to convince law enforcement agencies to investigate and punish neglect and abuse of farm animals. A number of jurisdictions’ laws do not even treat livestock the same way they treat domestic pets when determining standards for care.

The AHA hopes to make positive changes through several programs. Its American Humane Certified label distinguishes producers who have agreed to comply with AHA standards for animal care. To become certified, a business must complete an application and undergo regular independent, and often-unannounced, audits of its practices.

To certify that manufactured housing for animals is safe and non-abusive, the AHA offers its Humane Seal of Approval. Its Humane Care Training Program provides in-class and in-barn education, developed by independent scientists and experts, for animal handlers. In addition, the organization’s Humane Table brand promotes the work of professional chefs, restaurants, and culinary academies that abide by humane sourcing practices. Featured chefs inform the public about the origins of their food and the chefs’ commitment to exclusively making use of agricultural products produced in a compassionate way.

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From → Lois Pope

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