Global Animal Partnership - Farm Animal Welfare Certification

Thanks for visiting Global Animal Partnership (G.A.P.)! We are one of the largest farm animal welfare standards and labeling organizations in North America. We exist to positively impact the lives of millions of farm animals being raised for food each year. When you see the G.A.P. label, you know that no antibiotics were ever used, no added growth hormones were administered, and the animal was fed an all-vegetarian diet free of animal by-products.

Being G.A.P. certified means the animals have:

More Space for Animal Welfare

MORE SPACE

A Safe, Enriched Environment for Farm Animal Welfare

A SAFE & ENRICHED ENVIRONMENT

Access to Pasture and Outdoors for Farm Animal Welfare

ACCESS TO PASTURE OR OUTDOORS

(STEPS 3 & ABOVE)

A Healthy, Vegetarian Diet for Farm Animal Welfare

A HEALTHY, VEGETARIAN DIET

(NO ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS)

No Added Hormones or Antibiotics for Farm Animal Welfare

NO ADDED HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS

Our tiered labeling program allows for continuous improvement on farm. The higher the number (or “step”) printed on the label, the more the animal’s environment mimics a natural environment. Scroll down to understand more about our labels, and learn more about our program and standards at globalanimalpartnership.org. Thanks for visiting us!

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 1

Base Certification

Base certification is our minimum G.A.P. animal welfare certification level. This means that all of the farms and/or ranches raising the animal have met over 100+ animal welfare standards including more space to move around, and no cages or crates that would confine them. When you see our G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified label, it means that the animals were raised without antibiotics and no added hormones, and were also fed a vegetarian diet with no animal by-products.

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 2

ENRICHED ENVIRONMENT

Animals were raised in environments that provide them with more space and additional enrichments (such as straw bales and perches) to encourage natural behaviors. Again, all G.A.P. certified animals were raised without antibiotics or any added hormones, and were fed a vegetarian diet with no animal by-products.

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 3

OUTDOOR ACCESS

Animals have the choice of indoor or outdoor living (weather permitting for poultry), and also have additional enrichments indoors and out. At this level, farms and ranches ensure the animals are managed in both environments.

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 4

PASTURE RAISED

Animals are raised on pasture year-round. In some climates where pastures need to be protected for use the next year, animals must still be given daily access to outdoor areas. Cattle, sheep, goats and bison are not permitted to be finished in feedlots. Farmers and ranchers raise animals that are well suited for outdoor living, and sustainably manage their environments.

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 5

ANIMAL CENTERED

Animals live on pasture year-round, with protection from the environment (shelters, windbreak, etc.). Farmers and ranchers raise animals that are well suited for outdoor living, and sustainably manage their environments. No physical alterations are performed on any of the animals (e.g. castration, tail docking, etc).

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 5+

ENTIRE LIFE ON FARM

This is our top tier of animal welfare certification. All of the requirements of the Animal Centered level are met (animals live on pasture year round with protection, no physical alterations allowed, etc.) but animals are also processed on-farm, or through the use of a mobile slaughter facility, so their entire life is spent on the farm.