Global Animal Partnership - Farm Animal Welfare Certification

G.A.P. Label Quick Reference Guide

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.

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