American Humane Association Announces Major Victories At Inaugural "Be Humane"
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12, 2013
Nation's leading charity protecting society's most vulnerable now ensures
humane treatment of close to 1 billion farm animals, unveils plans for
unprecedented study examining links in autistic tendencies between children
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, American
Humane Association, the first national humane organization, announced a number
of important victories in the humane movement, most notably the protection of
nearly 1 billion farm animals in the United States. This week, the only
charity dedicated to the protection of both children and animals is holding
its inaugural Be Humane summit, a convening of the top scientists and experts
dedicated to the study of the human-animal bond and the welfare, wellness and
well-being of children and animals.
American Humane Association's American Humane Certified™ program now certifies
the humane treatment of almost 10 percent of all farm animals raised for food
production in this country. An agreement with a soon-to-be announced major
producer has ensured that America's oldest farm animal welfare certification
program will continue to be not only the largest, but the fastest-growing
effort of its kind in the world.
"Every year, 10 billion animals are raised for food on America's farms and
ranches, and all animals deserve to be treated humanely," said Dr. Robin
Ganzert, American Humane Association's president and CEO. "Yet 90 percent of
them still do not live under scientifically-based welfare standards in
independently-verified living conditions. We are proud to now certify the
welfare of nearly 1 billion of these animals, and we will continue to work
hard to educate producers, retailers and consumers about the benefits of
third-party welfare audits."
Tomorrow, American Humane Association will publish the "Humane Heartland™ Farm
Animal Welfare Survey." A key finding in the research is that 89 percent of
almost 3,000 Americans surveyed stated they were concerned about the welfare
of animals raised on farms and ranches. In addition, when asked what factors
were most important to them, a label indicating the animals were humanely
raised was ranked as the highest in importance, over organic, natural and
During his opening keynote address, Phil Francis, the former CEO and Chairman
of PetSmart, Inc., unveiled plans for a groundbreaking study examining the
link of autistic tendencies in both dogs and children. "Decoding Obsessive
Behaviors in Canines and Autism in Children" is a collaboration between
American Humane Association and the Translational Genomics Research Institute
and will examine the autistic tendencies present in three breeds of dogs: Bull
Terriers, Doberman Pinschers and Jack Russell Terriers. American Humane
Association is currently pursuing funding for this innovative study which
could potentially be the pathway to earlier autism diagnoses in children.
The association also announced its new Humane Policy Giving Circle. This
group will work with key national and state lawmakers to adopt an agenda of
common-sense, evidence-based public policy solutions for today's most pressing
challenges facing children and animals.
The Cat Health and Welfare Forum, led by American Humane Association's Chief
Veterinary Advisor Dr. Patricia Olson and presented by the American Veterinary
Medical Foundation, is a high-profile convening of the nation's top cat
experts. There are many challenges facing America's most popular pet, and this
forum is discussing solutions for improving feline health, well-being, and
adoption and retention rates of cats in homes.
American Humane Association's Be Humane summit convenes national thought
leaders for an exploration on what it means to be humane in today's times,
including how the interaction of science, technology, and entertainment
impacts the humane movement. Thursday's portion of the summit featured four
panels discussing Humane Research, Humane Heartland, Humane Hollywood and
Humane Intervention, and featured stirring addresses from Animal Planet star
Victoria Stilwell, who spoke on the importance of the protection of animal
actors on the sets of film and television productions, while "Top Chef
Masters" competitor Chef Douglas Keane talked about why using humanely-raised
products is the right thing to do. The summit is taking place at the Walt
Disney World BoardWalk Inn and Conference Center and will close with a keynote
from "My Cat From Hell" star Jackson Galaxy during Friday's lunch. The summit
is open to the media.
The "Humane Heartland™ Farm Animal Welfare Survey" will be available for
download on Friday September 13 at www.americanhumane.org.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane
organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and
animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of
virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty,
abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the
human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American
Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking
research, education, training and services that span a wide network of
organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too.
Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
SOURCE American Humane Association
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