Since 1877 the American Humane Association (AHA) has been dedicated to the idea that all animals, including those raised on farms and ranches, are entitled to humane treatment. The American Humane® Certified program provides third-party, independent verification that Foster Farms' care and handling of poultry meet the ethical, science-based standards established by the American Humane Association.

Certification doesn’t happen in a day. The audit is comprehensive, covering 200 separate items including diet, living conditions and natural behaviors. To achieve certification, Foster Farms verified that humane conditions are maintained on our farms and ranches 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The American Humane® Certified label on our products is your assurance that the fresh chicken you are buying was humanely raised.

The exacting standards of the American Humane Association were built on the “Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare” created by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as input from internationally recognized animal-science experts, veterinarians and other animal husbandry specialists. At Foster Farms we follow these Five Freedoms by raising our chickens:

  1. Free from hunger and thirst, with plenty of fresh water and a nutritious diet that ensures optimum health and well-being.
  2. Free from discomfort, with an environment that is temperature-controlled and keeps our chickens safe from predators.
  3. Free from pain, injury and disease through preventive medication and rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Free from cages so they can express natural behavior in sufficient space and the company of other chickens.
  5. Free from fear and distress, in conditions that enable them to thrive.

And because raising our chickens humanely has been our practice since the beginning, today we are pleased to be American Humane® Certified. We are committed to working with the American Humane Association to promote further advances in animal welfare.

If you would like to learn more about the certification program, visit our American Humane Association FAQ page or HumaneHeartland.org.

Please join us in a commitment to the humane treatment of all animals by taking The Humane Pledge.