Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms, believes that healthy eating starts with healthy animals. His dedication to the humane treatment of chickens has helped him earn the American Humane Association's National Humanitarian Medal. The award presentation was made at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, which will broadcast nationwide at 7 p.m. Central, October 30 on the Hallmark Channel.

The American Humane Association's National Humanitarian Medal is presented each year to an individual whose actions reflect the essential values of compassion, caring and hope to children and animals. In addition, Springer Mountain Farms is the first poultry producer to be American Humane Certified for its dedication to animal welfare. 

Arrendale's dedication to animal welfare dates back more than 40 years. From raising chicks as a child to becoming company president, one thing has never changed - his passion for farming and understanding the importance of raising a healthy chicken from the moment it hatches. 


"How you raise an animal directly affects the people who consume it," said Arrendale. "The fact that families are directly impacted by the treatment of our chickens is something that has always resonated and served as motivation to continuously push for better practices." 

Arrendale is a humane visionary in the animal welfare community, committed to the welfare of all farm animals, said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association president and CEO. "Through his leadership by example, he has been instrumental in helping the nation's oldest and largest farm animal welfare program grow at this unprecedented rate."

Arrendale continues to lead the charge at Springer Mountain Farms to provide the purest chicken possible by raising them humanely and 100 percent all natural with no antibiotics, growth stimulants or hormones, according to Springer Mountain. The chickens are fed a pesticide-free, vegetarian diet with natural vitamins. The company health and welfare practices are recognized as being at the top of the industry, resulting in a healthier, completely natural chicken.