Certified Humane Comparison
Learn how the Certified Humane standards compare to the BCC.
Certified Humane does not meet BCC standards for litter, breed, lighting, or slaughter. Please see below for more details, or download the full chart.
|Better Chicken Commitment||Certified Humane|
|Maximum Stocking Density||6 lbs/sq ft||✅ 6 lbs/sq ft|
|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||❌|
|Lighting||Minimum 8 hours of continuous light (≥50 lux) and 6 hours of continuous darkness daily (<1 lux)||❌ Minimum 8 hours of light (average of 20 lux) and 6 continuous hours of dark daily|
|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||✅ For every 1000 birds there should be: 1.5 standard sized long chopped straw bales, 2m of perch space and one pecking object|
|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||❌ Allows for various methods including live shackle slaughter|
|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 Certified Humane 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
- Certified Humane Broiler Standards