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Standards and Guidelines

Provides an animal handling and audit guidelines from the American Meat Institute (AMI) as well as links to companies that provide auditing services.

Humane Farm Animal Care.

Includes links to the Policy Manual as well as Standards for beef cattle, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, and young dairy beef.

American Humane Association.

Links to standards and checklists for American Humane Association’s Humane HeartlandTM farm animal welfare program.

American Sheep Industry Association

Published in 2006, these guidelines for sheep producers are intended to minimize animal stress and improve the health and well-being of sheep.

Global Animal Partnership.

Referred to as the GAP 5-Step program, there are animal welfare rating standards now available for beef cattle, broiler chickens, and pigs.

Animal Welfare Institute.

Humane husbandry standards are outlined for pigs, cattle, ducks, rabbits, and sheep. Housing, diet, health, and transport of animals are addressed.