- Fast-growing chicken breeds represent 98% of all commercially available chicken in North America. Today’s chickens have been genetically selected for their fast, efficient growth and higher yield of breast meat.
- This practice has had detrimental effects on on the welfare of chickens, including immune and musculoskeletal problems. These problems result in physical limitations like perching, flying, and even walking.
What is GAP Doing?
By addressing fast growth practices, GAP is getting to the root of welfare problems facing chickens today. Our plan will dramatically improve chicken welfare by:
- GAP provided funding for University of Guelph study in support of this initiative. This study will help create a way to objectively evaluate different genetic strains using a comprehensive list of parameters related to behavior, growth, health and production with the end goal of improving chicken welfare and specifically address the many issues resulting from fast-growing breeds.
- As part of this initiative, we’ve updated our standard to include things we know are important to chickens – learn more about these changes here.
- As part of our commitment to partnership, we host an annual meeting to work with our partners on issues related to making this change. Our next meeting will be September 13th, 2017. Contact us here if you’re interested in attending as this is an invitation only event.