Why aren’t there 5-Step standards for egg-laying hens, bison, dairy cows, and other animals?
We will be creating 5-Step standards for additional species under our program in the future. New species standards will be available on our standards page for viewing when complete.

Are Step-rated products organic, too?
Many Step-rated producers also have organic certification, but the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards program assesses the level of welfare afforded to animals at the different Step levels and is completely independent and distinct from organic certification.

Where can I find Step-rated products in my area?
Step-rated products are available at Whole Foods Market and Roots Market grocery store locations. We’re in exciting discussions with other retailers—restaurants and grocers—who, like Whole Foods and Roots, are committed to higher welfare for animals in agriculture.

How can I tell if a product has been Step-rated?
Look for the distinct Step labels on pre-packaged products and in the fresh meat case.

Where can I find a list of Step-rated products and Step-rated farms and ranches?
We’re actively working to develop a way to provide this information to you in a manner that addresses proprietary business concerns. In the meantime, please look for the distinct 5-Step labels when you shop.

I’d like to support your work. How can I get more involved?
Thank you! As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Global Animal Partnership needs your financial support to continue to work to improve the well-being of animals in agriculture, support higher welfare farmers and ranchers, broaden consumer choice, and partner with retail leaders. Donations can be made through our secure online service or through the mail. We also welcome you to subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


I’m a producer interested in being audited and certified. What do I need to do?
First, thank you for your interest and your commitment to providing higher welfare to animals! Please read our step-by-step overview for becoming a Step-rated producer.

Why did Global Animal Partnership choose to work with third-party certification companies instead of auditing and certifying on its own?

As the standard-setter, we feel that working with authorized, independent certifiers strengthens the integrity of the program, which benefits the producers, retailers, and consumers alike.

Do the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards cover slaughter?
At this time, our multi-tiered standards are for the on-farm/on-ranch and transport components of animal production. We will be working to incorporate standards around slaughter in the future. Read more about our development process.


I represent a retailer interested in discussing a possible partnership. How do I learn more?
Please contact us to learn more about partnering with GAP.