Our Standards

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Our Standards

The American Humane Certified™ Animal Welfare Standards are species-specific and grounded on solid scientific research. The standards were created with input from renowned animal science experts and veterinarians and are frequently reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Committee to reflect current research, technological advances and humane handling methods. Our Animal Welfare Standards are based upon the guiding principles of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. With more than 200 rigorous, science-based standards covering everything from adequate spce to air and water quality, heating, lighting, shade, and the animals’ ability to engage in natural behaviors. American Humane Certified producers are audited for their compliance to the standards. Our audit tools, full standards, and supplemental templates are fully transparent and can be downloaded below.

Standards Documents

Animal Welfare Audit Tools

Beef Cattle Audit Tool.pdf

Bison Audit Tool.pdf

Broiler Chickens Audit Tool.pdf

Dairy Cattle Audit Tool.pdf

Dairy Goats Audit Tool.pdf

Ducks (Meat and Egg Layers).pdf

Hatcheries Audit Tool.pdf

Layers Cage Free Audit Tool.pdf

Layers Free Range & Pasture Audit Tool.pdf

Swine Audit Tool.pdf

Turkey Audit Tool.pdf

Animal Welfare Full Standards + Supplements

Beef Cattle Full Standards .pdf

Broiler Chickens Full Standards.pdf

Dairy Cattle Full Standards.pdf

Layers Cage Free Full Standards.pdf

Layers Free Range & Pasture Full Standards.pdf

Swine Full Standards.pdf

Turkey Full Standards.pdf

Supplemental Farm Manual Templates

Dairy Cattle-AHC Supp_Farm Manual Templates_4_4_13 – ARC.pdf

Notification of Nonconformance Doc.pdf

Supplemental Traceability Audit

Traceability Audit Tool.pdf

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