SOUDERTON, PENNSYLVANIA, October 21, 2021 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has recertified Leidy’s Nature’s Tradition for the 15th consecutive year for their outstanding commitment to animal welfare.
“American Humane applauds Leidy’s for their ongoing commitment to science and evidence-based animal welfare practices,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president & CEO of American Humane. “Farmers like those at Leidy’s are helping elevate standards for farm animals everywhere.”
Founded in 1877, American Humane has worked to improve the lives of farm animals for 144 years. American Humane CertifiedTM, the organization’s program that audits and certifies farms and ranches, was founded 21 years ago.
“We are grateful for the care and attention that our farming partners provide the animals as well as the guidance that the American Humane team provides those farmers. Leidy’s has been committed to providing high level of care to all of our key stakeholders since Olin Leidy started providing pork to his neighbors in 1893,” said Greg Lombardi of Leidy’s Nature’s Tradition. “It is important for us to be certain that the pork we provide was raised on local family farms that provide the highest level of care for the animals. We need to be good stewards of mother nature to ensure our long-term sustainability.”
Farms and ranches interested in becoming American Humane CertifiedTM open their doors to third-party inspection and scrutiny. To achieve certification, on-farm audits must comply with more than 200 species-specific standards. The evidence-based standards were drawn up in collaboration with a Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of the world’s leading animal scientists and ethicists. American Humane’s standards are regularly reviewed by the SAC to ensure they align with the most up-to-date research.
Across the country and around the world, more and more families are demanding humanely raised proteins. An overwhelming majority – more than 90 percent – of adults surveyed by American Humane reported being “very concerned” with farm animal welfare. Retailers are responding to consumer demands. According to an American Humane analysis, 10 of the nation’s top 12 grocery stores now carry products that are American Humane CertifiedTM.
“American Humane encourages other farms and ranches to follow in Leidy’s footsteps,” said Dr. Ganzert. “For 15 years, Leidy’s has opened their doors to third-party auditing and passed with flying colors. That’s an achievement that deserves our applause.”
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