The turkey industry has long held that appropriate treatment of turkeys is a necessary part of production and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) Humane Production Guidelines have been in place in the industry since the late 1980s. The most recent guidelines identify control points in turkey production and processing, and provide recommendations to ensure animal welfare standards in the following areas:
- Farm safety and security
- Facilities and equipment
- Feed and water supply
- Bird comfort
These guidelines represent the most up-to-date scientific information available to ensure the health and well-being of turkeys, and they continue to be updated as new scientific data, technologies and/or processes become available. Developed by leading turkey industry experts, the guidelines have been evaluated and approved through numerous third-party scientific reviews. Third-party scientific reviews by the Federation of Animal Science Societies' (FASS) Animal Welfare Committee and the American Association of Avian Pathologists' (AAAP) Welfare Subcommittee as well as the AAAP Board of Directors, received approval and support. Both organizations praised the NTF Animal Care Guidelines as a well-written document and a model program for the turkey industry to follow. To review the NTF's Animal Care Guidelines, visit http://www.eatturkey.com/foodsrv/pdf/2009_guidelines.pdf.