The American Humane Certified Farm Program was the nation's first third-party audit program for farm animal welfare. It is backed by the American Humane Association™ and based on the accepted values of the Five Freedoms created by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) and adopted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), as well as input from animal science experts, veterinarians and other animal husbandry specialists.
It's built around a comprehensive set of science-based standards and sound research. It represents the only RSPCA-approved structure for the rearing, handling, transport and slaughter of chickens. Its standards are reviewed regularly by the American Humane Certified Scientific Advisory Committee and consider legislation, government welfare codes, scientific research, advice of veterinarians, recommendations of the FAWC, and the practical experience of the farming community.