WASHINGTON — The American Humane Association has announced that Arkansas-based producer Ozark Mountain Poultry has met its rigorous farm animal welfare standards and achieved certification through the American Humane Certified program.
Ozark Mountain Poultry, a family-owned company based in Rogers, Ark., currently produces approximately 4 million pounds of poultry products a week for its consumer brand Forester Farmer’s Market® and the restaurant industry.
“We take great care in how we raise and process our chickens, and we think it makes a big difference in the taste and overall quality of our products,” said Ed Fryar, president of OMP Foods. “We feel that becoming American Humane Certified is the best way to communicate our commitment to humanely raising birds to our customers and consumers.”
American Humane Association’s most recent survey shows overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals. Its Humane Heartland Farm Animal Survey polled 5,900 Americans and more than nine in 10 (94.9 percent) said they are “very concerned” about farm animal welfare, up from 89 percent in American Humane Association’s 2013 study. More than three-quarters (75.7 percent) stated that they are very willing to pay more for humanely raised eggs, meat and dairy products, up from 74 percent in 2013.
“More and more Americans are demanding humanely raised foods, and with 10 billion animals raised on America’s farms and ranches every year, it is our duty to treat them humanely,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “We are pleased that Ozark Mountain Poultry has made the humane choice and achieved certification through our American Humane Certified program.”
American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization, was founded in 1877 around the issue of farm animal welfare. In 2000, American Humane Association created the nation’s first third-party farm animal welfare certification and auditing program with more than 200 science-based standards. These evidence-based standards are reviewed regularly by a Scientific Advisory Committee composed of some of the world’s leading experts and animal advocates.