The American Humane Association awarded the new compact aviary system from Potters Poultry its seal of approval. Dr. Marion Garcia, chief veterinary officer, American Humane Association, and Will Gillis, standards and systems manager, American Humane Association, made the presentation of the certification to Potters Poultry at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta.
The American Humane Association reports that it created the first welfare certification program in the U.S. to ensure the humane treatment of farm animals. The American Humane Certified program provides third-party, independent verification that certified producers’ care and handling of farm animals meet the science-based animal welfare standards of American Humane Association.
Achieving "Humane Housing" status for the compact aviary is an important milestone for the company, according to Mike Button, export manager, Potters Poultry. He said, "This is an important achievement for us and shows the commitment to providing the egg producers worldwide with workable approved animal welfare friendly systems, and helps the egg producers give confidence to their customers that eggs are produced to high animal welfare standards."