Certified Humane® Recommended on the Dr. Oz Show

Certified Humane® was recently recommended on the Dr. Oz show. Dr. Oz discussed the latest studies on antibiotic resistance in meat along with his guests, Heather White, Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group and Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability for Consumer Reports.

The study’s findings are staggering. Ms. White, explained, “If you are buying meat at the supermarket you are likely exposing yourself and your family to superbugs”.

Dr. Rangan concludes that consumers should avoid antibiotic resistance by purchasing meat products raised without unnecessary antibiotics, like Certified Humane® products. The Certified Humane® label prohibits the use of preventative antibiotics, only allowing them for sick animals.

Watch the video on our YouTube channel and Subscribe to the Certified Humane Youtube channel to see the latest videos from HFAC! Please share this link with your friends and family: protect your loved ones from antibiotic resistance.

9 responses to “Certified Humane® Recommended on the Dr. Oz Show

  1. I am aware a safe and clean products. I got to this site with the promise of stores and restaurant listings, but cannot find the list.

  2. I was searching for explanations of the labeling on eggs. The Humane Society has a list of them and I was shocked that the eggs I’ve been buying labeled “cage free” most likely have no access to the outdoors and forced molting through starvation is not prohibited. The only acceptable ones are labeled “Certified Humane” and “Animal Welfare Approved”. However, there is no mention of the kind of feed these hens receive. I would want only organic vegetarian. Is it possible to find this, and if so, where can I buy them?

  3. I can appreciate the humane handling of the animals. Can you tell me if any of these animals end up in the feedlots who of which endure the most inhumane suffering. I am more concerned about a good life and a pain free death. Does being certified humane also mean proper slaughter procedures at the end of life and no feedlots for the last few months of their lives?

    • Dear Ms. Satem,
      Thank you for your thoughtful questions. Our program is birth through slaughter, and we inspect all slaughter plants that process Certified Humane® animals.
      When a farmer or rancher applies for certification, we inspect both their farm where they raise their animals and the slaughter facility that they use. The slaughter facility must meet the AMI Guidelines for livestock that were written by Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is a member of our Scientific Committee. A copy of the slaughter standards are on our website at: http://www.certifiedhumane.org/uploads/pdf/Standards/English/2012.AMI.Guidelines.pdf
      In addition, our scientific committee wrote humane standards for poultry slaughter and those can be found in our chicken or turkey standards, which can be found on our website at: http://www.certifiedhumane.org/index.php?page=standards.
      All farmers and ranchers who raise animals for meat must have their slaughter facility inspected by us to ensure that it meets these guidelines. If they do not pass the inspection, the farmers and ranchers must send their animals to another plant, and we will have to inspect that plant to see if it can meet the guidelines. Ultimately, if the farmer or rancher cannot find a slaughter facility that can meet these guidelines, they cannot be certified under our program.
      If you go to this link, Dr. Temple Grandin will take you on a tour of an AMI approved livestock slaughter facility and explain how it operates and the animal behavior involved. http://www.animalhandling.org/ht/d/sp/i/80622/pid/80622
      As for feedlots, our standards do allow for beef cattle to be finished in feedyards. These are not the factory farming feedlots that you hear about. These are small feedlots where the cattle are finished while they are gathered from different ranches to await transport to slaughter. Slaughter plants are usually long distances from ranches. In these feedyards, we have large space requirements for the cattle, they must have wind breaks to protect them from wind and cold, sunshades for hot weather in the sun, they must have sloped ground to they are able to have dry spots. The cattle on our program are raised on the range. You can read all of our beef cattle standards here: http://www.certifiedhumane.org/uploads/pdf/Standards/English/Std12.BeefCattle.1J.pdf

  4. ncsvehla@gmail.com

    Does birth through slaughter mean that chicks are hatched on the farm and are not purchased from hatcheries that inhumanely kill male chicks?

    • Alas, from birth to slaughter in this case, doesn’t mean at the hatchery, it means from the pullet growers. None of the egg producers on our program hatch their own eggs, so no male chicks are born on any of these farms. Egg producers that are Certified Humane® purchase pullets from pullet growers when the birds are about 12 -14 weeks of age. The pullet growers purchase them from hatcheries when they are about 1 week of age. Since the farmers generally purchase birds from pullet growers, and not directly from hatcheries, we do not have any control over the practices in hatcheries.
      Unfortunately, there are very few egg producers that raise their own chicks, even those small farmers that sell at the farmers market.

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