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.

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.

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.


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.


5-Step® Certification

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

Global Animal Partnership - Important Farm Animal Welfare Standards Statistics
GAP Certification: 3 Stages Did You Know?
August 21, 2018

Getting and Staying Certified: The Three Stages of the GAP Certification Cycle

I’ve had my audit…now what? If you are new to the GAP program, you may have done some work preparing for your first audit. After the Auditor leaves, you may…
GAP Farm Audit: 3 Ways Standards are Assessed Standards & Policies
August 14, 2018

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a GAP Farm Audit

Three Components of a GAP Farm Audit Have you ever wondered what an auditor is actually looking for during a GAP animal welfare farm audit? The GAP standards outline specific…
GAP Has Comprehensive Slaughter Standards Standards & Policies
August 7, 2018

Does GAP Have Slaughter Standards?

The GAP Standards give you peace of mind about the final moments. If you have been following our Program you know that the GAP welfare standards cover how animals are…

Improving The Lives Of Farm Animals Step By Step