The ASPCA has partnered with Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems to create the Farm Animal Welfare Certification Guide, now available as a free download online. The guide lays out the operational and business considerations of becoming welfare-certified and offers an in-depth look at the standards and requirements of three meaningful animal welfare certifications in the United States – Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane® and Global Animal Partnership. The guide also features:
- A side-by-side comparison of certification programs across key administrative criteria to help farmers decide which program would work for their business
- Standards comparison charts that highlight the range of higher-welfare standards required by the different certifications, organized by species
- Case studies that illustrate how other farmers have integrated welfare certification into their businesses
- Resources to identify funding opportunities to support welfare certification transition efforts
They will be hosting a webinar on operating a meat CSA with James Bourne of The Lambs Quarter and Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds Pastured Poultry Farm on February 27. Click here for more webinars, both upcoming and archived.