Look carefully in the dairy area of your supermarkets and you are likely to see many different egg products that are Certified Humane®. Being Certified Humane® is a badge of honor for farmers and the grocers who sell their products. They recognize it’s the right thing to do…. it’s also good business.
Two of the most common products in the supermarket dairy aisle are eggs and milk. Despite the public’s increasing demand for animal products coming from animals produced humanely, the vast majority of dairy farmers have not felt the need to become Certified Humane®. As a result, there are very few Certified Humane® dairy products and NO Certified Humane® milk products available in your grocer’s fridge. Indeed, there are less than 25 cow dairy farms in the US that are certified by either Certified Humane® or Animal Welfare Approved®, the two animal welfare certification programs that have the highest standards and most rigorous and comprehensive inspection programs.
The most common explanation we’ve heard for the lack of Certified Humane® dairies is the belief of dairy farmers that the public doesn’t care. “Where’s the demand?” we’ve heard from countless dairy farmers; supermarkets, too, are not hearing from consumers like you asking for them to supply Certified Humane® dairy products.
And they’re right – not enough consumers are making their voices heard about their desire for humanely raised dairy products.
I know that if milk producers thought the public wanted proof that they take proper care of their dairy cows and produce milk products under humane conditions — they would apply for certification.
Informed consumers want to know that the milk they provide for their family came from cows which are not constrained in tie stalls and are free to move about, are provided a healthy diet free from antibiotics and growth hormones like rBST, and are required to have access to the outdoors. That’s what is required to be Certified Humane®.
So go to our Take Action Page to see all the ways you can help us get more dairy farmers on the program – you can download a dairy product request form here. When you go to your supermarket, hand in the request form to the grocery manager, or customer service desk. Ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. Let’s work together to let dairy farmers know that you do care about how dairy cows are treated.