American Welfare Approved (AWA) Comparison
Learn how the American Welfare Approved (AWA) standards compare to the BCC.
Animal Welfare Approved
Animal Welfare Approved does not meet BCC standards for slaughter. Please see below for more details, or download the full chart.
|Better Chicken Commitment||American Welfare Approved (AWA)|
|Maximum Stocking Density||6 lbs/sq ft||✅ 0.67 sq. ft indoor space per bird plus outdoor foraging OR 2.67 sq. ft indoor space for birds with no outdoor access|
|Litter||At least 3 inches of friable litter covering the whole floor of the house, managed to maintain dry, friable condition and prevent caked or wet areas||✅ “Bedding must be clean, dry, mold-free and replenished as needed.”|
|Lighting||Minimum 8 hours of continuous light (≥50 lux) and 6 hours of continuous darkness daily (<1 lux)||✅|
|Enrichments||For every 1,000 sq ft (93 sq m), or part 1000 sq ft (93 sq m) of indoor space there must be a minimum of 1 enrichment||✅ Outdoor enrichments on pasture|
|Slaughter||Process chickens in a manner that avoids pre-stun handling and instead utilizes a multi-step controlled- atmosphere processing system that induces an irreversible stun||❌|
|Breed||Adopt breeds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes, either: Hubbard Norfolk Black, JA757, JACY57, JA787, JA957, JA987, JACY87, REDBRO, or Redbro M; Aviagen Rambler Ranger, Ranger Classic, Ranger Gold, Ranger Premium, or Rowan Ranger; Cobb-Sasso 200 (CS200); Cooks Venture Pioneer, or others that meet the criteria of the RSPCA Broiler Breed Welfare Assessment Protocol or Global Animal Partnership (GAP).||✅|
|Auditing||Demonstrate 100% compliance with all standards via third-party auditing||✅ 100% compliance with standards|
Please note: This document is not intended to be used for official purposes such as auditing. It is a general summary of the key components of the Better Chicken Commitment and Animal Welfare Approved standards. For the complete standards, please reference the resources below:
- The Better Chicken Commitment policy
- Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards referenced in the Better Chicken Commitment
- American Welfare Approved