Humane Farm Animal Care Executive Director Receives RSPCA Award

For more than 100 years, the RSPCA Honours have been given to people and organizations who have helped end cruelty, protect animals from abuse, and further knowledge of animal welfare. Douglass was among 19 award recipients to receive this year’s honors.

After a lifetime of working on animal welfare issues in Congress and for animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Douglass learning about factory farming and was appalled at how farm animals were actually raised.

In 1998, Douglass spent several weeks with the RSPCA’s Farm Animal Department to observe their RSPCA Assured program for farm animal welfare and to begin laying the groundwork for launching a similar program in the U.S.

In 2003, Douglass cashed in her retirement savings and launched HFAC and the Certified Humane Raised and Handled (R) program. Her goal was to bring a set of humane standards to farm animal care and get farms on board through consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.

When consumers see the Certified Humane(R) label on meat, poultry, egg and dairy products, they can be assured the food has been produced according to HFAC’s strict animal welfare standards. Verification is through independent third-party inspections and traceability audits.

“Founded in 1824, the RSPCA, the oldest humane organization in the world, has always been a beacon of inspiration for the welfare of animals,” said Douglass. “Without the help of the RSPCA Farm Animals Department and their program, the Certified Humane program would not exist today. I am deeply honored to receive this award from what I consider to be the most prestigious humane organization in the world.”

Certified Humane and Certified Humane Raised and Handled are registered trademarks of Humane Farm Animal Care.

SOURCE Humane Farm Animal Care