End Turkey Suffering and Have a Tasty Meal All at the Same Time

Written by Adele Douglass, Chief Executive Officer of Humane Farm Animal Care

Each year, over 10 billion animals raised for food in the U.S. endure inhumane treatment. Most are confined such that they can’t behave naturally. Sadly, turkeys are not immune to this cruelty.

The biggest barrier is that most turkey producers don’t want to meet the space requirements in our standards, which would allow turkeys the room that they need. Producers believe that shoppers are not concerned with the manner in which their food is raised. Let’s prove them wrong.

Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of farm animals by driving demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices with certification standards.

Certified Humane turkeys, like these from Ayrshire Farm, meet HFAC's Animal Care Standards such as: space requirements, the ability to engage in natural behaviors, and food free of antibiotics.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label assures consumers:

* That the producer meets our standards and applies them to animals from birth, including slaughter.

* Animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress.

* Ample fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed, without added antibiotics or hormones.

* Cages, crates and tie stalls are among the forbidden practices, and animals must be free to do what comes naturally. For example, chickens are able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root.

If you’re shopping for a Thanksgiving turkey, keep in mind that there are currently only a handful of producers of turkeys that meet HFAC’s standards.

The power is with you, the shopper to help get more turkeys certified.

You can buy your turkey directly from these Certified Humane producers, visit the Where to Buy page on the HFAC website or use our handy app for iPhone/iPad and Android.

Take Action

Please help us make sure that by Thanksgiving next year, 8,000,000 turkeys are raised under our Humane Farm Animal Care Standards. You can show your support and end needless turkey suffering, simply by sharing your favorite holiday recipes on Facebook.

Enter your recipe by November 30 in one of the following categories:

* Favorite Turkey Recipes
* Alternative Meat  & Seafood Mains
* Delectable Side Dishes
* Delicious Desserts
* Holiday Appetizers

Finalists will be announced on December 1, and then voting will begin. Vote throughout the month of December for your favorite recipes. Winners will receive gift baskets filled with all sorts of Humane goodies.

By voting and sharing this contest with your friends and family, you will be taking action to end animal suffering. Together, our collective voices will raise critical awareness of the plight of nearly 10 billion abused and neglected farm animals in this country. Endorsed by more than 65 humane organizations, the Certified Humane Raised and Handled program is nationally recognized as the Gold Standard for certifying animal welfare.

Adele Douglass, Chief Executive Officer, founded HFAC in 2003. Like them on Facebook here for updates.

Photo credit: Humane Farm Animal Care


Stephanie s
Stephanie sabout a month ago

Turkeys are very sweet animals and i could never eat them or any other animal.

Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

You know what, every person knows this.. but they still choose the intensive farmed abimals. Some people just dont care. For others they know considering the life of a turkey will make THEM feel bad. So they dont. People are unbelievably selfish

Carole R
Carole Rabout a month ago


Annie S
christine sabout a month ago

Go vegan .and eat with a conscience

natasha p
Past Member 1 months ago

poor turkeys ! Go vegan!

Ruth S
Ruth S1 months ago


Mike R
Mike R1 months ago


Clare O'Beara
Clare O1 months ago


Clare O'Beara
Clare O1 months ago

99% of turkeys in America do not live past six months.

Peggy B
Peggy B1 months ago