Animal Welfare Certified Label - Global Animal Partnership

Feel good about
the meat you eat.

Animal Welfare Certified Label - Global Animal Partnership

Feel good about
the meat you eat.

Look for the G.A.P. Label

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 1
Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 2
Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 3
Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 4
Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 5
Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 5+

G.A.P.’s Animal Welfare Certified label means that animals are raised without antibiotics or added hormones, and are fed a vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. The higher the number, the more the animal’s environment mimics its natural environment.

Learn More About Each Step

Improving the Lives of Farm Animals

G.A.P.’s comprehensive program positively impacts millions of farm animals every year. Being G.A.P. certified means the animals have:

MORE SPACE

A SAFE & ENRICHED ENVIRONMENT

ACCESS TO PASTURE OR OUTDOORS

(STEPS 3 & ABOVE)

A HEALTHY, VEGETARIAN DIET

(NO ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS)

NO ADDED HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS

G.A.P. is the Label You Can Trust

With G.A.P., every farm is audited to gain certification. Some other animal welfare certification programs only audit a small sample of farms annually. We feel this level of integrity is necessary, especially when considering the lifecycle of raising live animals.

Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Certified Step 1

G.A.P. requires every farm to be audited every 15 months (through every season) in order to be certified.

G.A.P. Audits Every Farm Every 15 Months

Group Model Certification Programs

Only require that a small percentage (~10%) of farms be audited every 12 months, even though all of them will be “certified.”

Others only audit 10% of farms every 12 months

Small LighbulbThink about it: if you are only auditing a sample of farms annually, it may take up to 10 years to visit and score all farms in the system.

Why You Can Trust the G.A.P. Label

What makes G.A.P.’s program better?

Why G.A.P.? Technical KnowledgeWhy G.A.P.? Technical Knowledge

Technical Knowledge

Our team is made up of scientists with advanced degrees in farm animal behavior and welfare, combined with the practical knowledge to apply it.

Why G.A.P.? Comprehensive ApproachWhy G.A.P.? Comprehensive Approach

Comprehensive Approach

G.A.P. develops and implements tiered standards for 8 farm animal species, impacting over 416 million animals annually.

Why G.A.P.? Supply Chain SupportWhy G.A.P.? Supply Chain Support

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.

Why G.A.P.? QualityWhy G.A.P.? Quality

Quality

Better raising and handling of animals results in better tasting meat – another reason to feel good about supporting change with your purchases.

Why G.A.P.? IntegrityWhy G.A.P.? Integrity

Integrity

Every single farm is audited to our standards every 15 months.

How Can You Support G.A.P.?

Don’t see enough G.A.P. labeled products in your grocery store or restaurant? Request them! Or, order directly from several of our partners below.

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Every dollar counts. We’re a non-profit organization that depends on individual and corporate donations.

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Order G.A.P. Certified Now

Did you know that many of our G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified partners ship directly? Click on the partner websites below and have G.A.P. Certified quality products delivered to your door.

3 Little Pigs, LLC

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Adams Ranch

Adams Ranch

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Adena Farms - G.A.P. Partner

Adena Farms

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Amazon

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Baldwin Family Farms

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Beauchamp Farms

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Blue Goose Cattle Co

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Brasstown Beef

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Butcher Box - G.A.P. Online Retailer Partner

Butcher Box

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Charcutnuvo - G.A.P. Partner

Charcutnuvo

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Chuck Howley’s Happy Hollow Ranch

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Cooks Venture

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Country Natural Beef

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DeBoer’s Poultry

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Deck Family Farm

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Desert Mountain Grassfed Beef

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Diestel Turkey

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Eel River Grass Fed Beef

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EVOL

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Greenbrier Farms

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Hearst Ranch

Hearst Ranch / Larder Meat Co

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Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

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Hunter Cattle Company

Hunter Cattle

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Jaindl

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JD Farms

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Joyce Farms

Joyce Farms

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La Quercia

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Lasater Grasslands Beef

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Llano Seco Ranch

Rancho Llano Seco

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Mayfair Farm

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Meyer Natural Angus

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Mosner Family Brands

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Only Natural Pet - Logo - G.A.P. Partner

Only Natural Pet

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Open Farm - Logo - G.A.P. Partner

Open Farm Pet

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Organic Prairie

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Pederson’s Natural Farms, Inc.

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Perky Jerky - GAP Partner in Animal Welfare

Perky Jerky

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Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc.

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Redger Farms

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Schenker Family Farms

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Serenity Kids

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Southern Natural Farms

Southern Natural Farms

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Tender & True Pet Nutrition - Logo - G.A.P. Partner

Tender & True Pet Nutrition

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Thompson Farms

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Thrive Market

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TruBeef Organic - G.A.P. Partner

TruBeef Organic

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Wellshire Farms - Feel Great Eat Well

Wellshire Farms

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White Oak Pastures

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Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market

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It's National Chili Dog Day! Whoever came up with the idea to combine two delicious meat products together in a warm bun that you can eat with your hands is pretty much genius status in our book. Celebrate their invention by downloading this recipe and picking up the ingredients tonight. Just don't forget to #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/carolina-style-slaw-hot-dogs/ (link in bio)

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Did you know that feedlots for beef cattle are prohibited in order to achieve a G.A.P. Certification level greater than Step 2 (Enriched Environment)? Even at the base certification level and at Step 2, cattle must be kept in pasture and can only be placed in a feedlot for finishing. We also have minimum vegetation requirements for pasture, and weaning age minimums for calves at all levels.

We're proud to say that more than 3/4 of our G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified beef partners meet the requirements for Step 4 (Pasture Raised) or higher. We are proud to work with so many ranchers who care about their cattle and their land.

Learn more about our G.A.P. Beef Standards and view a list of current partners here: https://globalanimalpartnership.org/standards/beef/ (link in bio)

#MakeitGAP #cattlefarm #cattleranch #cattlefarming #cattlefarmer #farmanimalwelfare #transparency #pastureraisedbeef #farmanimalwelfare
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Do you look for the G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified label when you shop for your pet? We have lots of pet food partners who responsibly source their proteins from G.A.P. Certified farms and ranches.

You care so much about the health and well-being of your dog and cat. Isn't it nice to know you're helping impact the lives of farm animals too? When you purchase pet food with the G.A.P. label you are voting with your dollars for better animal welfare. Thank you for helping us #MakeitGAP and for the pet brands who prioritize G.A.P. proteins for their products so we can make better choices.

Visit our pet page here: https://globalanimalpartnership.org/pet-parents/

Open Farm Tender & True Pet Nutrition Halo Pets Earth Animal Canidae Pet Food Only Natural Pet Freshpet Nugget's Healthy Eats Whole Foods Market

#petfoodmatters #petlovers #petfood #shopresponsibly #certficationsmatter #dogfood #catfood #doglover #catlover
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Don't have a smoker but love that smoky flavor? Check out this Applewood Smoked Chicken recipe that you can make on the grill. Coated in a delicious dijon rub, this recipe is sure to please. Try it this weekend and don't forget to #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/applewood-smoked-chicken-dijon-rub/ (link in bio)

#smokedchicken #grillingseason #grillingrecipes #grillingtime #summergrilling #grillinglife #chickenrecipes #recipeoftheweek #recipeideas
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Ready for some G.A.P. rib-ucation? It's summer and that means it's time for some juicy BBQ RIBS. Check out our blog with all of our tips for making your best batch yet. Spoiler alert: it all starts with quality. #MakeitGAP and choose G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified pork or beef ribs when you shop!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/about/news/post/time-for-some-gap-rib-ucation/ (link in bio)

#ribs #bbqribs #ribsribsribs #bbqlife #ribfest #bbqlover #meatlover #grillingseason #grillingtime #grillingtips #bbqtips #happysummer
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It's summer! Have you thought about packing a picnic for a fun day out with your pup? Or maybe a nice morning hike? A fun paddleboard or canoe outing on the lake? Just make sure to pack plenty of water (for both of you!) and some G.A.P. Certified snacks (we ❤️jerky), G.A.P. Certified dog treats, and sammies with G.A.P. Certified meats. West Coast friends - stay safe when you're out and watch for signs your dog isn't overheating. 🔥Hope everyone has a fun weekend!

#MakeitGAP #tgif #weekendvibes #picnicday #picnicdate #doglover #doglife #friyay #happysummer
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Looking for a delicious new recipe for your Kamado Joe Grill® or Big Green Egg®? Check out these Korean Beef Kebabs made with G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified ground beef. Enjoy them as kebabs or pop them onto a bun and turn them into sliders. De-lish!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/korean-gochujang-beef-kebabs/ (link in bio)

#kamadojoe #kamadogrill #kamadojoenation #biggreenegg #biggreenegglife #biggreeneggrecipes #kamadojoebbq #summergrilling #summerbbq #meatlover #grillingseason
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Did you know that G.A.P. has requirements in our standards for Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs)? Guardian dogs are raised on many of our G.A.P. Certified farms to protect the farm animals from predators. Usually, guardian dogs protect animals like sheep that are easier prey due to their smaller size. Especially with sheep that are grazed extensively – meaning the sheep are given access to large areas of grazing land – guardian dogs patrol the perimeter of the pasture on a regular basis, especially at night, when predators are more active. This helps deter predators without having to set up really long fence lines (not practical for large grazing areas) or set traps (leg traps, snares, etc. are prohibited by G.A.P.’s standards).

Check out this article highlighting High Country Lamb and the way they use their guardian dogs to protect their sheep. 💗
https://globalanimalpartnership.org/about/news/post/dogs-a-farmers-best-friend/ (link in bio)

#workingdogs #guardiandogs #livestockguardiandog #workingdogsofinstagram #farminglife #welovedogs #GAPFarmLife #MakeitGAP
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Looking for a healthy summer recipe made with fresh berries? Throw some G.A.P. Certified chicken breasts (or thighs) on the grill and top them with a fresh mix of blueberries and lime. Add a side salad and you have a light, delicious summer meal perfect for enjoying on the back patio.

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/grilled-chicken-blueberry-lime-salsa/ (link in bio)

#MakeitGAP #grilledchicken #chickenrecipes #blueberries #freshblueberries #summermeals #healthyeating
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Happy 4th! We hope you enjoy your day with family and friends. If you're grilling, don't forget to #MakeitGAP! Cheers!

#grilling #july4th #july4thweekend #grilingout #fourthofjuly2021 #fourthofjulyweekend #grillingtime #grillingseason #grillingandchilling
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Yes, there is a holiday for everything... Today is International Chicken Wing Day. Why not celebrate with some G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified wings for dinner? Whether you like them sweet, spicy, or smothered in blue cheese, it's hard to resist these little juicy morsels. Just don't forget to #MakeitGAP!

Of course, we have a couple of chicken wing recipes on our website. This one is our favorite:

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/peppercorn-chicken-wings/ (link in bio)

#chicken #chickenwings #chickenwingsrecipe #chickenwingsforlife #chickenwingslover #internationalchickenwingday #wingslover
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Time for a noodle bowl! You may order out for these, but you can make them at home too - with G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified proteins, of course. This recipe calls for grilled turkey and rice stick noodles but make it your own -- substitute soba or egg noodles, and grilled chicken, steak, or pork. Either way, it spells d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!

Get the recipe here and #MakeitGAP!
https://globalanimalpartnership.org/coconut-lime-grilled-turkey-noodle-bowl/ (link in bio)

#grillingseason #summergrilling #noodlebowl #recipes #recipeideas #cleaneating
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Did you know? Chickens certified to G.A.P.'s Step 2 / Enriched Environment animal welfare standards must be raised in houses with windows so that the chickens have plenty of natural light. They must also be given at least two different types of enrichments like hay bales or perches, and, of course, have enough space to move around per G.A.P.'s space requirements for Step 2 indoor systems.

G.A.P. is also working to determine new protocols defining slower-growing breeds as part of our animal welfare requirements through the Better Chicken Project. Why should you care about broiler chicken welfare? Check out our blog post here: https://globalanimalpartnership.org/about/news/post/why-should-you-care-about-broiler-chicken-welfare/. (link in bio)

#farmanimalwelfare #broilerchicken #broilerfarm #poultryfarm #poultryfarming #certificationmatters #MakeitGAP
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Look for These Retailers and Brands When You Shop

3 Little Pigs

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3 / Pork, Step 3

365 Everyday Value

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3 / Pork, Step 1

Amazon

Click to view website

Americhicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Applegate Farms

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1 & 3 / Chicken, Step 2 & 3 / Turkey, Step 1 / Beef, Step 4

Atkins Ranch

Products & Brands:
Lamb, Step 4

Bell & Evans

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Best Dressed Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Bilinski’s Sausage Mfg Co

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Cafe Spice

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Canidae

Pet Food Products & Brands
Chicken, Step 2

Charcutnuvo

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1 / Pork, Step 1

Country Natural Beef

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

DeBoer’s

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Diestel Turkey Ranch

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 3

Earth Animal

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 1

Egganic

Products & Brands: Laying Hens, Step 3

EVOL

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1; Chicken, Step 2; Pork, Step 1

Family Ranch

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Feltman’s of Coney Island

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1

Force of Nature

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Fork in the Road Foods

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Pork, Step 1

Freshpet

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 1

Happy N Healthy Pet Products

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 4 / Beef, Step 1 & 4

JD Farms Specialty Turkey

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 1

Joyce Farms

Products & Brands:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Beef Step 4

La Quercia

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 4

Llano Seco Rancho

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 2

Mary’s Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3 & 5

Mary’s Turkey

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 3 & 5

Naked Truth

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Nature’s Rancher

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1 / Chicken, Step 2

Nuggets Healthy Eats

Pet Food Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Olli Salumeria

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1 & 3

Only Natural Pet

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Open Farm Pet

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4 / Lamb, Step 4

Open Prairie

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1

Original Brat Hans

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3

Panorama Meats

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Perky Jerky

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4 / Turkey, Step 1

Pine Manor

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc.

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Patagonian Grass-Fed

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Reunion Foods

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1

Rocky Free Range Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Rosie Organic Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Rossdown Natural Foods

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 1 & 3 / Turkey, Step 1 & 2

Seemore Meats & Veggies

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1; Chicken, Step 2

Serenity Kids

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 4

Tender & True Pet Nutrition

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Chicken, Step 3 Organic / Turkey, Step 1 / Pork, Step 1 / Lamb, Step 4

Thompson Farms

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 5+

Thrive Market

Click to view website

TruBeef Organic

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Wellshire Farms

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4 / Pork, Step 1, 4 & 5

Western Grassfed Beef

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Whole Foods Market

Click link to find your store

Wild Patagonian

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Yorkshire Valley Farms Ltd.

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 2