How G.A.P. Defines Animal Welfare
We define animal welfare as 3 overlapping components that together with good management and genetics, contribute to good farm animal welfare:
- Health & Productivity – raising animals so that they’re healthy and productive with good quality feed and water, shelter, and free from disease, illness and injury (and treating any animals that get sick).
- Natural Living – raising animals in environments that allow them to express their natural behaviors effectively – both indoors and outdoors
- Emotional Well Being – raising animals in environments that provide them the ability to be inquisitive and playful and minimize restlessness, frustration, stress and pain, as much as possible.
This definition of animal welfare guides our standards development process, impacting the lives of farm animals step-by-step.
Our team not only have practical farm knowledge but also have advanced degrees in farm animal behavior and welfare.
G.A.P. develops and implements tiered standards for 8 farm animal species, impacting over 416 million animals annually.
Supply Chain Support
Our team of meat industry experts have the know-how to connect manufacturers, and bring value to the entire supply chain from farm to fork.
Better raising and handling of animals results in better tasting meat – another reason to feel good about supporting change with your purchases.
Every single farm is audited to our standards every 15 months.