Continued Commitment to
We started raising poultry in 1920,
and we've been dedicated to animal welfare ever since.
We know that chickens need more than food and water. Little extras add up to make a big difference in their lives. We're raising them to higher standards by giving them what they want and need, with forward-thinking initiatives like baby chick nutritional programs, natural light in chicken houses, and guidelines for air and bedding quality.
We believe in five freedoms for animals.
We're committed to listening and communicating to the people who take care of our animals, and we're building better relationships with them every day. We're improving things for farmers and our animals by connecting animal welfare to pay and incentives. Meet a few of our family farmers to learn more.
We're open to constructive criticism from everyone, and we're committed to answer to it. We're responding to questions, sharing important information about our animal welfare initiatives, and starting conversations with key animal care stakeholders. Our Poultry Care programs are audited by independent third parties like the USDA, and for some animals raised by Perdue, by the Global Animal Partnership.
We've had an active Animal Care Council for more than 15 years, but we're still learning new things every day. We use what we learn to advance our animal care programs and ensure the health and safety of our chickens, adding next-generation initiatives to improve the raising of our animals.
We offer continuous access to nutritionally complete 100% veggie diets free from animal by-products. We also offer herbal products and probiotics to promote healthy chickens. For the future, we're working on chick feed nutrition that supports a stronger, healthier start to their development.
All poultry houses have state-of-the-art temperature control. Many of our chickens have outdoor access and natural lighting and we're adding more houses like this every year. We enforce mandatory "lights off" resting periods and are studying how we can make chickens and other breeds feel more comfortable in the future within their housing environment.
Perdue is the leader in raising healthy animals with No Antibiotics Ever. Our goal is to completely eliminate their use at our company. We provide constant supervision and veterinary care and we never withhold care when needed. We prohibit genetic engineering in our breeds and are investigating slower growth breeds as an alternative.
Simply put, we believe when raising poultry, chickens should be able to act like chickens. So we're funding graduate-level programs studying chicken activity and what encourages more activity and play. And every year, we're adding more housing with outdoor access, windows, perches and pecking bales.
We have zero tolerance policies for instances of animal abuse. We started incentive pay and video monitoring to emphasize appropriate care, have emergency procedures in place for natural disasters, and we are doing other things to minimize bird stress.
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