Jun 25, 2015, 07:38 ET
HERNDON, Va., June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international non-profit certification organization improving the lives of millions of farm animals in food production, announced this week two new Certified Humane farms: Firefly Farms in North Stonington, Connecticut, U.S. and Lone Pine Colony in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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According to Adele Douglass, executive Director for HFAC, Firefly Farms and Lone Pine Colony passed all of the Certified Humane® qualifications and can now use the Certified Humane® label on their food products. The Certified Humane® label assures consumers that farm animals are raised where they can express their natural behaviors and move around freely, and without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products.
Firefly Farms is a 135-acre farm in North Stonington, Connecticut, founded by the Tillman-Brown family in June 2011. The family farm raises chickens, pigs and cattle, who are all pasture or forest raised. The animals are allowed to forage for food (in addition to their supplemented diets) and are kept in environments natural to their species. Each of their breeds is either critically endangered or threatened according to The Livestock Conservancy. None of their breeds numbers more than 1,000 in the world.
"Our pigs live in large groups in the woods, foraging, sleeping in piles, and enjoying the very essence of being a pig," said Allena. "Our cows have a variety of pastures to suit their needs. Except for protective fences, our animals get to live natural lives."
Lone Pine Colony is an 8000-acre Hutterite colony in Calgary, Alberta, Canada – one of several hundred Hutterite colonies in Canada. The Hutterites are a communal people dating back to the 1500s, originating in Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic. Father-son team Peter and Tony Entz oversee the farm and work with others in the colony to raise livestock and produce manufactured goods to sell for the benefit of the community.
The Entz family comes from more than 400 years of Hutterite family farmers. "Hutterites are known as the country's top farmers," said Tony. "Animals are always a priority for us. You always want to take care of your animals."
Endorsed by 66 humane organizations, the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is nationally recognized as the Gold Standard for certifying animal welfare from birth through slaughter. Producer compliance with the HFAC standards is verified through annual on-site visits by HFAC's third-party inspectors.
To learn more about Certified Humane® farms, visit http://certifiedhumane.org/farm-profiles/
To find a store near you that sells Certified Humane® products, visit our Where to Shop page or download Certified Humane's free mobile App. For more information on HFAC and the Certified Humane® label, visit www.certifiedhumane.org.
About Humane Farm Animal Care
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading international non-profit certification organization improving the lives of farm animals in food production. The Certified Humane® designation assures consumers that meat, poultry, egg, or dairy products they purchase have been produced according to HFAC's precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. Animals must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. Since the HFAC program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 110 companies, representing thousands of farms and millions of farm animals, have been certified. Learn more about HFAC at www.certifiedhumane.org.
Humane Farm Animal Care, 703-435-3883, [email protected]
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