The American Humane Association announced today that Joy Mench, Ph.D., has joined the Scientific Advisory Committee for its farm animal welfare program, American Humane® Certified. Dr. Mench is a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis and is director of the Center for Animal Welfare at UC Davis.
Dr. Mench has served on numerous committees and boards related to farm and laboratory animal welfare, including the animal welfare advisory committees of Maple Leaf Farms, the United Egg Producers, McDonald's, Safeway, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Council of Chain Restaurants, as well as National Research Council committees on animal biotechnology and the use of mammals in neuroscience and behavioral research. In addition, she is involved with the Livestock Welfare Working Group of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE); the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization expert committee on capacity building to implement good animal welfare practices; and the Council on Accreditation of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
Dr. Mench chaired the revision of the first revised edition of the Federation of Animal Science Societies’ Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching, and has served as a section editor for theJournal of Applied Animal Welfare Science and Animal Welfare. She was president of the International Society for Applied Ethology from 1998-2000, was previously a member of American Humane Certified’s Scientific Advisory Board, and is currently a scientific advisor to the European Union's Welfare Quality Assurance project and a member of the Broiler Welfare Guidelines Working Group for the OIE.
“Joy Mench brings a global perspective of animal welfare and vast experience with poultry to our committee of distinguished animal scientists,” said Tim Amlaw, vice president of the farm animal welfare program of American Humane.
Dr. Mench is the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States’ Animals and Society Teaching Award (2001), the Poultry Science Association's Poultry Welfare Research Award (2004), and the University of California, Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (2007).
American Humane created the original third-party certification of farm animal welfare program in the United States. Its label, American Humane Certified, is the fastest growing welfare certification program in the country, with more than 60 million animals under its welfare umbrella. It certifies over 85 percent of all cage-free egg production in the U.S. and just recently announced that it has certified the first enriched colony housing system installed in California. American Humane will launch its online humane care training for laying hens targeted to farm workers and managers, as well as educators. For more information, visit www.thehumanetouch.org.
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