The American Humane Certified standards for farm animals are grounded in scientific research. That starts with the Scientific Advisory Committee, a panel of experts with various specialties, from veterinary science to ruminant nutrition. In this episode, Dr. Joy Mench, an animal welfare expert who is a professor emeritus at UC Davis and has written several textbooks on animal welfare—including specifically on poultry behavior—talks about her work as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee. American Humane’s director of Farm Program Operations Haley Grimes chimes in to share how the Committee works with the farm operations team to apply the standards.

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