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The standards the farm meets are pretty good, too:
The Certified Humane label is described by HFAC as a “certification and labeling program that is the only animal welfare label requiring the humane treatment of farm animals from birth through slaughter.” In order to qualify for the Certified Humane label, an egg farm has to meet certain standards:Also important is Safeway's commitment to a gestation crate free pork supply chain, as well. So kudos to a major retailer and it's response to consumer demand to do the right thing.
- Cages are not allowed, and housing facilities must include areas for hens to nest, dust bath, scratch and perch
- The animals must have enough space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress
- The animals must have access to ample fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed with no animal by-products