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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Improving The Lives Of Farm Animals Step By Step