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Animal Welfare Audit and Certification Programs Basic Page

In the United States, most livestock production industries have developed and implemented science-based animal care guidelines in response to consumer concerns that animals being raised for food production are treated humanely. Assurances that animals are being raised according to these guidelines are provided through voluntary third-party audits rather than legislation. The information on these pages provide links to animal husbandry guidelines, animal welfare audit overviews, humane certification programs, food industry animal welfare policies, and related international policies.  

Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.

The Certified Wildlife Friendly® and Predator Friendly® Production Standards for North America recognize wildlife stewardship on farm and ranch lands. Participating producers employ a mix of proactive practices and careful observation, and adapt their management in response to changing conditions to allow wildlife and livestock to coexist.