Originally developed in Europe in 1965 and formalized by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council in 1979, the Five Freedoms are a globally accepted standard for animal husbandry. The Five Freedoms take us beyond what is typical for U.S. animal agriculture—feed, water, shelter and protection from disease—to include the freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from fear and distress. The Five Freedoms have been endorsed by the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor
by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area
by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering
"Perdue has become the leading major poultry producer in shifting toward more humane practices. Perdue is reflecting consumer sentiment that all animals—including farm animals—should be protected from pain by their work to address these issues in a meaningful, transparent and collaborative way."
Josh Balk, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States
"We are heartened that Perdue keeps making measurable, meaningful progress to improve the lives of chickens. Perdue keeps rising to the challenge of making better-welfare chicken available to any customer."
Leah Garces, Executive Director, Compassion in World Farming
"Perdue's continuous improvement in animal welfare meets consumers' demands and shows other companies that higher welfare is not only possible, but profitable. By improving the welfare of chickens, Perdue is building a stronger relationship with consumers and farmers. Perdue's commitment to transparency and continuous improvement should be welcome news for any consumer who eats chicken."
Andrew deCoriolis, Director of Special Programs, Farm Forward
"Animals in general love to play, but more so in the windows house. Exercise is important, too. Happy birds seem to be more productive."
Kathy Willms (Delaware)
"When we are able to let poultry have access to sunlight, fresh air or an opportunity to be outside when feasible, we show that, though we are growing an animal as a food source, we understand the instincts and needs for such basic pleasures. I am proud to say I work in partnership with a company that values the creatures in our care."
Steven Brake (North Carolina)
"Perdue is leading the industry in putting the chicken first. This care and attention to bird health will in turn increase the stability of future income for each Perdue grower."
Kenneth Young (Georgia)
"I was reluctant at first to think the birds would go outside, or even use enrichments, but they do. Does it make for a better end product? I think it does. It is a positive change. I am proud that Perdue is taking the lead in animal care."
Alvin Warner (Delaware)