Welfare-Certified Brands

For a lot of folks, reducing meat consumption has become a healthy habit. But for various reasons, dedicated vegetarianism and veganism isn’t for everyone. If that sounds like you, I want you to know that you shouldn’t feel ashamed about it. You can still have an impact and make a difference by shopping responsibly and buying meat from ethical brands that don’t treat animals like garbage; I hope this article encourages you to do so.

It can seem overwhelming at first, but you don’t have to become an all-knowing food detective to get it done. It’s really just about doing a bit of homework and getting to know labels. For a quick read on labels you’ll see listed below, click here.

Here’s a list of welfare-certified brands broken down by product and certification.

*Please note that this information is accurate at the time of posting. I will do my best to keep this information as up to date as possible.

POULTRY

  • Ayrshire Farm certified humane
  • Bilinski’s – Chicken Sausage, Meatballs, Patties GAP step 3
  • D’Artagnan – Green Circle Chicken Line certified humane
  • Farmer Focus certified humane
  • Firefly Farms certified humane
  • Hip Chick Farms – Organic Chicken Fingers, Meatballs, Strips, Breakfast Sausages GAP step 3
  • Koch’s Turkey certified humane
  • Mary’s Free Range Chicken GAP step 3  GAP step 4 GAP step 5
  • Mary’s Free Range Turkey GAP step 3  GAP step 5
  • Murray’s Chicken certified humane
  • Naked Truth GAP step 2
  • Red Wheelbarrow certified humane
  • Smart Chicken – Organic Line certified humane
  • White Oak Pastures Awa logo certified humane GAP step 5+
  • Wilde Chicken Chips – Barbecue, Buffalo, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Jalapeno GAP step 2
  • Wilde – Turkey Jerky GAP step 3

BEEF

  • Ayrshire Farm certified humane
  • Aspen Ridge certified humane
  • Baldwin Beef Awa logo
  • Brasstown Beef GAP step 4
  • Country Natural Beef – Ground Beef GAP step 4 *Only sold in Whole Foods
  • Creekstone Farms – Premium Black Angus Beef certified humane
  • Mariposa Ranch certified humane
  • Niman Ranch certified humane
  • Redger Farms GAP step 4
  • Shire Gate Awa logo
  • Skagit River Ranch certified humane
  • Teton Waters Ranch certified humane
  • White Oak Pastures certified humane GAP step 4 GAP step 5+

PORK

  • Ayrshire Farm certified humane
  • Circle B Ranch – multiple pork products Awa logo certified humane
  • duBreton – Rustic Farm pork; Organic Ham, Bacon & Ground Pork  certified humane
  • Fra’ Mani – all sausages certified humane
  • Goodnight Brothers – All Natural Products Awa logo
  • Llano Seco – all pork products GAP step 2
  • Newman Farms certified humane
  • Niman Ranch certified humane
  • North Country Smokehouse – Bistro Ham certified humane
  • The Naked Pig Meat Co. Awa logo certified humane
  • Thompson Farms GAP step 5+
  • White Oak Pastures GAP step 5+

EGGS

  • Alderfer’s Eggs certified humane
  • Aldi Brand: Simply Nature Cage-Free Organic Eggs certified humane
  • Ayrshire Farm certified humane
  • Barnstar – Cage-Free, Organic Brown Eggs certified humane
  • Blue Sky Family Farms certified humane
  • Born Free Eggs certified humane
  • Carol’s Eggs certified humane
  • Central Market – Organic Pasture Raised Eggs certified humane
  • Contented Hen certified humane
  • Davidson’s Safest Choice Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Eco Meal Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Egg Innovations certified humane
  • Eggology – Pure Egg Whites, Cage-Free certified humane
  • Farmer’s Hen House certified humane
  • Giving Nature certified humane
  • Great Day certified humane
  • Green Meadow Organics certified humane
  • Happy Belly Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Judy’s Family Farm certified humane
  • Kirkland Organic Eggs certified humane
  • Lathem Farms certified humane
  • Natural Grocer’s Pasture – Raised Eggs certified humane
  • Nature Fed Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Nature’s Yoke Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Nellie’s Free Range Eggs certified humane
  • Nest Fresh certified humane
  • New Seasons Cage-Free Eggs, Free Range Organic Brown Eggs certified humane
  • Pete and Gerry’s certified humane
  • Phil’s Fresh Eggs certified humane
  • Raley’s – Cage-Free Brown Eggs certified humane
  • Safeway Brands: O – Organic Eggs & Open Nature Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Sauders – Cage-Free Brown, Free Range, Pasture Raised Eggs certified humane
  • Sharon’s Cage-Free Brown Eggs certified humane
  • South Mountain Creamery Cage-Free Brown Eggs certified humane
  • Stiebrs Farms – Sunrise Fresh, Go-Organic & Natural Choice Eggs  certified humane
  • The Country Hen – Organic Brown Eggs certified humane
  • The Farmer’s Hen – Cage-Free Brown Eggs, Organic Cage-Free Brown Eggs, Hard Cooked & Peeled Cage-Free Eggs certified humane
  • Vital Farms certified humane
  • White Oak Pastures certified humane
  • Wilcox Farms certified humane

If you’re having trouble finding these animal-friendly brands at your local supermarket, present them with a customer request letter to show them that there’s a demand for ethical products!

For more in-depth lists including cheese, pet food, condiments, etc., head on over to the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®(ASPCA®)’s Website here.