The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) has announced that its animal welfare standards have been approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Humane Association’s American Humane Certified™ farm animal program.
“In reviewing the FASS standards, we see a movement toward baseline standards that will be universally accepted by other animal science and welfare groups, as well as producers,” said Tim Amlaw, vice president of American Humane’s farm animal welfare program. “Our program takes a science-based approach coupled with the highest ethical standards in setting humane standards for farm animals.”
“We are pleased that the American Humane Scientific Advisory Committee has approved the hard work by 62 professional animal, dairy and poultry scientists who devoted over a year to writing a collaborative guideline that captures the current state of science for farm animal care,” said Drew Giesen, president of FASS.
“Having an independent group of scientists associated with American Humane review and approve the ‘Ag Guide’ gives added credence to this important document,” said the co-chairs of the writing committee, Janice Swanson and John McGlone.
The FASS Ag Guide, published in January 2010, was written by scientists, engineers and veterinarians who are each experts in farm animal care. The document was open for public comment, then was revised, peer reviewed and revised again before publication.
About Federation of Animal Science Societies
FASS was formed by three founding-member societies that are over 100 years old: the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the Poultry Science Association (PSA). FASS represents more than 10,000 scientists from academia, government and industry engaged in a wide range of issues impacting animal agriculture, including animal welfare. The mission of FASS is to strengthen the common interests and collective good of member societies through a unified science-based voice that supports animal agriculture, animal products and food systems globally. FASS and its members are dedicated to sound animal welfare practices founded in science.
About American Humane’s Farm Animal Program
American Humane’s farm animal program is the United States’ first animal welfare program dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals. It is the fastest-growing independent animal welfare label program in the U.S. American Humane has certified producers representing more than 60 million farm animals through American Humane’s science-based program. Contracted third-party auditors are rigorously trained in the American Humane farm animal program’s species-specific standards. As consumers and retailers are increasingly concerned about how food is raised, producers are seeking independent verification for the marketplace. American Humane believes animal welfare should not only be good for animals, but also economically viable and feasible for producers. The American Humane farm animal program works with agriculture to educate and motivate producers and demonstrate the economic and social benefits of animal welfare. American Humane works closely with its independent Scientific Advisory Committee, industry professionals and producers to ensure that industry advancements and best practices are part of American Humane certification standards. Based on American Humane’s 133-year legacy of being the gold standard for humane behavior, consumers trust the American Humane certification label. Learn more at www.thehumanetouch.org.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.