WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday - one that celebrates American traditions, family togetherness and gratitude for the unparalleled bounty of our great nation. As families across the country prepare for their Thanksgiving feasts, American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, is calling on the American public to set a humane table for the holidays and support humane farming practices.
"More people are concerned about how their food is raised than ever before and want to make choices that are in line with their values," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, which was founded in 1877 around the issue of farm animal welfare and has since become the largest certifier of the humane treatment of animals in the world. "This Thanksgiving, during the holidays, and all year round, we urge all Americans to help make a better world by choosing foods that have been humanely raised under ethical, commonsense, and scientifically demonstrated standards." Research by American Humane shows more than nine in ten (94.9%) Americans said they were "very concerned" about farm animal welfare. More than three-quarters (75.7%) stated that they were very willing to pay more for humanely raised eggs, meat, and dairy products. Look for trusted humane labels The survey also found in a ranking of the importance of food labels that "humanely raised" scored highest over other labels including "antibiotic-free," "organic," and "natural."