Founded in 2008, Global Animal Partnership (GAP) is a non-profit organization made up of farmers, scientists, retailers, manufacturers, and animal advocates, all collaborating with a common purpose: improving farm animal welfare. GAP is making a difference by creating and managing a comprehensive 5-Step® Welfare Rating Program for farm animals, where farms & ranches are audited every 15 months by an independent third-party. Through our 5-Step® Rating Program and labeled product program, producers and consumers can choose to support a program that continuously improves the lives of farm animals step by step.

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Standards

View our latest 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program animal welfare standards for beef cattle, broiler chickens, pigs, turkey, sheep, goat, bison, and laying hens.

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GAP Partners

GAP Partners

Learn about our partner farms, ranches, retailers, producers, food-service, and donors as well as how your farm or ranch can achieve 5-Step® Certification.

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Take Action

Take Action

As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations from involved consumers like you. With your donations and voice, we can make a difference in the lives of farm animals.

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The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program

The 5 Steps - Global Animal Partnership

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program promotes and facilitates continuous improvement in animal agriculture, encourages welfare-friendly farming practices, and informs consumers about the animal farming systems they choose to support.

5-Step® Process

Learn about the rigorous process of development, review, and revision that goes into making our farm animal welfare standards.

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5-Step® Certification

Learn how to get certified under the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program through independent, third-party audits.

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5-Step® Animal Welfare Standards

Our multi-step standards are truly unique. Each species-specific standards reflects a thorough, collaborative and transparent process, which blends the best of scientific and practical knowledge currently available. By involving input from farmers, ranchers, scientists, veterinarians, certifiers, industry experts, advocates and food companies, our standards reflect our mission of continuous improvement in animal agriculture, and our commitment to supporting our partners through the process, Step-by-Step.

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Beef

Beef

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Chicken

Broiler Chickens

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Turkey

Turkey

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Sheep/Lambs

Sheep

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Pork

Pigs

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Goat

Goats

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Bison

Bison

Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Egg Laying Hens

Laying Hens

Global Animal Partnership - Important Farm Animal Welfare Standards Statistics
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Improving The Lives Of Farm Animals Step By Step