Responsibly Raising Animals
Our Commitments to Animal Care represents a revolutionary change in the way we think about raising chickens. We moved from thinking only about the things a chicken needs to considering what a chicken wants. In other words, what lets a chicken be a chicken?
Throughout our company’s 101-year history, we’ve recognized we have a responsibility to provide for the welfare of the animals in our care. It’s a fundamental part of our business. For us, animal welfare is a journey of continuous improvement.
At Perdue Farms, our vision is “to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products®”. That trust extends to our animal care and welfare commitments, and we embrace our responsibility to ensure animals are treated with dignity and respect. In fact, animal welfare is an important part of our Company value of Stewardship.
Our standards for animal care are guided by the Five Freedoms, the globally accepted gold standard for animal husbandry, including:
For us, the Five Freedoms align with our animal care goal of going beyond giving animals what they need, to giving them what they want.
Our approach to animal care is a process of continuous improvement involving a wide range of stakeholders, with a commitment to transparency. We believe that welfare goes beyond meeting the physical needs of animals and that success is measured by more than efficiency and productivity.
We take a collaborative approach to animal care, adhering to strict requirements under the guidance of a team of veterinarians and animal welfare professionals, and input from third-party experts.
Mistreatment or abuse of animals is never tolerated. All associates handling live animals are provided training, including their responsibility to report any violations of our animal welfare policies. The farmers and ranchers who raise animals for us share in the responsibility to provide care according to our best practices and standards, and to alert us to any issues involving animal health or welfare. We regularly engage them for their input as part of our continuous improvement process.
All species that are raised and sourced for our brands and products are done so under the following standards:
At Perdue Farms, we take pride in being an industry leader in animal care and remain committed to our journey of continuous improvement and doing the right things for the right reasons.
At Perdue Farms, we believe that animal welfare and good business are synonymous. Our stakeholders trust us to do the right thing. For us, animal welfare is a journey of continuous improvement, one in which we are committed to getting better by learning, listening and responding.
To guide our journey and ensure compliance to our current animal welfare programs at Perdue Farms, our activities follow these Best Practices and Guiding Principles:
No Cages or Crates
No Antibiotics Ever
No Drugs for Growth Performance*
*While federal law prohibits the use of hormones and steroids in poultry and pork, we don’t use any growth-promoting drugs, including beta antagonists or ractopamine.
Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
All-Vegetarian Diet with No Animal By-Products
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