Humane Choice animals must be free to exhibit natural behaviours including natural mating and rearing of their young outdoors. They must be free to roam their paddocks and enjoy the sunshine and company of their herd or flock. These free range animals will be fed a well balanced diet that does not include antibiotics, growth promoters or hormones. If an animal is ill or injured, it will receive veterinary attention and be well cared for. Transportation times will be minimal.
Chickens will have free access to the outdoors and will not have their beaks trimmed. Stocking densities for layer hens and meat chickens will be 1500 per hectare and not 20,000 for layer hens or 140,000 for meat chickens currently proposed by the intensive industry.
Sows will not be kept in stalls and the use of farrowing crates is prohibited. Pigs must be free to graze in paddocks like sheep and cattle do. Pigs will spend their entire lives outdoors; from birth to slaughter. There will be no teeth clipping, tail docking or nose ringing. The Pig Standard also includes Food Safety requirements that will meet industry needs.