American Humane Association Names Candace Croney to Farm Animal Program Scientific Advisory Committee

Dec 15, 2010, 13:41 ET from American Humane Association

Renowned Animal Expert to Advise the World's Largest Humane Farming Certification Program

DENVER, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Humane Association announced that Candace Croney, Ph. D., has been named to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Humane Certified program. Dr. Croney is a renowned expert in applied animal behavior, with an emphasis on animal learning and welfare. She works as an associate professor of animal behavior and bioethics in the department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at the Ohio State University.

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"We are thrilled to have an animal science expert of Dr. Croney's caliber join our Scientific Advisory Committee," said Tim Amlaw, Vice President of the Farm Animal Program for American Humane Association. "Her knowledge and expertise in the field of animal behavior and well-being will be tremendously beneficial to our advisory committee as we continue to establish and refine best practices and standards for the humane treatment of farm animals all over the world."

The American Humane Certified program is the fastest growing, independent animal welfare label program in the country. The program's standards are reviewed regularly by the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure that industry advancements and best practices are part of its science-based welfare standards.

Dr. Croney's background will be highly applicable to her new advisory role. Her research and teaching efforts focus on the effects of rearing environments and enrichment on animal behavior and welfare, as well as the ethical implications of animal care decisions and public perceptions of animal agriculture. Her research on farm animal cognition has been featured in national and international broadcast programs by National Geographic and the BBC, among others.  

Dr. Croney was awarded the Outstanding New Professor Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State in 2003 for her teaching on Contentious and Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture. She has served as an animal welfare advisor to the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Bob Evans Farms, the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the Northwest Sustainable Dairy Program and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. She is currently the U.S. Regional Secretary of the International Society of Applied Ethology.

About American Humane Association's Farm Animal Program

The United States' first animal welfare program dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals. It is the fastest-growing independent animal welfare label program in the nation and has certified producers representing more than 60 million farm animals through its science-based program. Products can be found under the American Humane Certified label. Contracted third-party auditors are rigorously trained in the American Humane Association farm animal program's species-specific standards. American Humane Association works closely with its independent Scientific Advisory Committee, industry professionals and producers to ensure that industry advancements and best practices are part of American Humane Association certification standards. Learn more at www.thehumanetouch.org.

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of almost every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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