American Humane-the country’s first national humane organization-announced that Indiana’s popular agritourism attraction, The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms, has achieved certification under the American Humane CertifiedTM farm animal welfare program.
The program uses rigorous, science-based standards-verified through independent, third-party audits-to ensure the welfare of animals on certified farms.
“This is the first time American Humane is certifying an agricultural education center dedicated to showing consumers how their food is raised in modern production systems,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “In achieving this certification, Fair Oaks Farms demonstrates its ethics-driven commitment to transparent and demonstrably excellent farm animal welfare standards,” she continued. “We applaud The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms for voluntarily stepping forward to undergo rigorous auditing to earn the Humane Certified seal of approval.”
“This is a historic day for American animal agriculture as we celebrate the marriage of the humane treatment of animals and 21st-century pig farming,” said Jon Hoek, vice president of pig production at Fair Oaks Farms. “We praise the leadership of Dr. Robin Ganzert and American Humane for upholding objective, science-based standards, which now confirm that Fair Oaks Farms is a responsible steward of the animals under its care at The Pig Adventure,” he added. “Our humane certification is good news for pigs, people, and the growing population of consumers that depend on us for ethically raised, affordable protein.”
Dr. Ganzert officially presented the award to Jon Hoek and his staff, at a public certification ceremony on-site at Fair Oaks Farms.