United Egg Producers Announce Animal-Welfare Auditing Relationship With American Humane Association

Mar 24, 2008, 01:00 ET from United Egg Producers

    ALPHARETTA, Ga., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- United Egg Producers (UEP), a
 trade association representing most U.S. egg farmers and companies, has
 developed a new working relationship with the Denver-based American Humane
 Association, the only national organization dedicated to protecting both
 children and animals. American Humane has a 131-year legacy of being the
 gold standard of animal welfare.
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     Under terms of the agreement between the two organizations, UEP will
 recognize American Humane Certified(TM) animal welfare audits as also
 meeting UEP Certified standards if those egg producers also meet some
 additional criteria. The American Humane Certified program -- which is the
 nation's first and original animal-welfare label attesting to the humane
 treatment of animals involved in food production -- establishes guidelines
 for the production of eggs from hens in cage-free and free-range farm
 systems, while the UEP Certified program provides science-based guidelines
 for the production of eggs from hens either in modern cage production
 housing systems or cage-free farm systems.
     Under terms of the agreement, an egg farmer who passes the American
 Humane Certified audit, pays the fees and is a member in good standing with
 the UEP Certified Program and meets the UEP guidelines on 100% of their egg
 production, can then use the UEP Certified logo and market those eggs as
 UEP Certified in addition to marketing them as American Humane Certified
 and using the American Humane Certified logo. The advantage to an egg
 farmer is that they would not have to undergo and pay for a second audit of
 their farm, as UEP will accept the American Humane Certified animal welfare
     "When UEP began developing science-based guidelines for the production
 of eggs in modern cage housing systems in the late 1990s, the American
 Humane Association participated in those discussions," said Gene Gregory,
 president of UEP. "We're pleased to renew a working relationship with them
 and we have always regarded them as one of the most credible animal-welfare
 organizations in the country."
     Marie Belew Wheatley, president and CEO of American Humane, said, "We
 are enthusiastic about this agreement between our organizations that will
 facilitate certification of more egg producers who are in compliance with
 American Humane standards. Certification by both organizations assures
 consumers that they will be able to find humanely produced eggs in more
     About United Egg Producers
     United Egg Producers (UEP) is the nation's leading trade association
 for U.S. egg farmers, representing 97 percent of U.S. egg farmers, whose
 members produce eggs including modern cage production, cage-free, free
 range, organic and other specialty eggs. UEP is based in Alpharetta, GA. To
 learn more about the egg industry visit www.uepcertified.com.
     About American Humane Association
     Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national
 organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a
 network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American
 Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to
 protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The
 nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises
 awareness about The Link(R) between animal abuse and other forms of
 violence, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond.
 American Humane's regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind
 the "No Animals Were Harmed"(R) end credit disclaimer on film and TV
 productions, and American Humane's office in Washington is an advocate for
 child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. American
 Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business
 Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, has been awarded the Independent Charities
 of America "Best in America" Seal of Approval and has received a 3-star
 rating from Charity Navigator, America's leading charity evaluator. Visit
 www.americanhumane.org to learn more.

SOURCE United Egg Producers