the happy egg co. has become the first commercial egg producer in the United States to be granted humane certification from the American Humane Association in the category “Layer Hens: Free-Range and Pasture-raised.”
To qualify, the company had to comply with standards, including providing each hen with access to 21.8 square feet of outdoor space during the day, and access to sheltered areas at night and during inclement weather, as well as nearly 200 additional science-based standards.
David Wagstaff, the happy egg co. chief operating officer, said: “As the first and only free range egg producer to be certified, we have once again demonstrated the standard of care we give our hens to be the gold standard in hen welfare. The happy egg co. is the only 100 percent free-range egg brand with an animal welfare program that covers everything from living conditions to feed to expertise of caregivers.”
Dr Robert Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, added: “By becoming an American Humane Certified producer, the happy egg co. assures their consumers that the food on their plates was raised humanely and under the science- and evidence-based protections established by American Humane Association. We applaud them for their extraordinary commitment to good animal welfare.”
The American Humane Certified program was developed to advance protection for farm animals and ensure they are raised and handled humanely. Independent, third-party audits cover more than 200 species-specific criteria which are rooted in the internationally accepted Five Freedoms of animal welfare. These science-based standards are set and regularly reviewed by an independent scientific advisory committee of top animal experts, animal behaviorists, veterinarians and animal advocates.