Good news for farm animals: Peet’s Coffee, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels have announced that not only will they be switching to 100% cage-free eggs by 2020, but they will be working with American Humane Association’s Humane Heartland™ team to craft farm animal welfare policies for their supply chains.
"We commend Peet’s Coffee, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels on their proactive stance to further their commitment to sustainable and ethical sourcing practices," said Marion Garcia, DVM, American Humane Association’s Chief Veterinary Officer and head of the Humane Heartland program. "We are pleased to work with leaders in the restaurant industry and provide our expertise in developing animal welfare policies that are realistic and attainable."
American Humane Association was founded around the issue of farm animal welfare in 1877 and has been at the forefront of improvements and protections for children, pets and farm animals for 138 years (see historic timeline). With a history of working positively and collaboratively with farmers, ranchers, animal advocates and the American public to create moderate, mainstream and commonsense solutions that work for both animals and people, in 2000 American Humane Association created the nation’s first third-party farm animal welfare certification and auditing program with more than 200 science-based standards covering everything from adequate space to air quality, heat and lighting, humane treatment, and the ability for animals to be animals and express the natural behaviors of their kind. These standards for the resulting American Humane Certified program were built upon the internationally accepted values of the Five Freedoms, adopted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as input from animal science experts, veterinarians and other animal husbandry specialists. These evidence-based standards are reviewed regularly by a Scientific Advisory Committee made up of some of the world’s leading experts and animal advocates.
More information about the American Humane Certified program can be found at www.humaneheartland.org.