There are many different opinions on what the term "animal welfare" means. At Global Animal Partnership, we believe that farm animal welfare isn't just about minimizing stress, suffering, and coping in an environment or being kept well-fed and watered. We believe farm animal welfare refers to the animal's quality of life.
What constitutes a good quality of life for animals? There are three main elements that make up good animal welfare – i) encouraging good health; ii) providing the animal the ability to behave in natural ways; and iii) promoting positive experiences for the animal as well as minimizing negative feelings like pain, hunger, and frustration. Our 5-Step® Program sets species-specific farm animal welfare standards for all three of these areas - which makes a huge difference in the lives of farm animals. Our main focus is an animal-centered approach - looking at and making management decisions around what the animals are showing us through their physical condition and their behavior.
Global Animal Partnership recognizes farmers that raise their animals to these standards. By choosing to support farmers and ranchers who are committed to higher farm animal welfare standards, we can collectively make a significant difference in the lives of billions of animals. Each one of us has the power to impact animals’ lives on a daily basis simply by choosing to support farmers and ranchers who have committed to providing higher welfare to their animals.