By Ethan Huff
Proper animal husbandry is a vital component to any farming operation, whether large or small. With the advent of agricultural industrialization came the tendency to raise ever more animals in increasingly inhumane conditions, all in order to remain competitive and continue to turn a profit. Thanks to the American Humane Association (AHA) and its Humane Certification program, producers are raising the bar in humane animal husbandry standards and setting themselves above the rest.
The oldest humane association in America, AHA has been working for over 100 years to improve the welfare of both children and animals. In more recent years, the organization has developed a certification program that helps consumers choose food products that come from humanely-raised animals.
Whether one eats animal products or not, it is important that animals raised for food are treated decently throughout their life cycle, or “from birth to the knock box” as it is put in the industry. Animals that produce food products like milk or eggs must also be given proper living conditions, and AHA has established guidelines for its certification program that it believes ensures animal welfare while allowing farmers to operate both practically and profitably.
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