Look for the G.A.P. Label
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.
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:
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.
G.A.P. requires every farm to be audited every 15 months (through every season) in order to be certified.
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.”
Think 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.
What makes G.A.P.’s program better?
Our team is made up of scientists with advanced degrees in farm animal behavior and welfare, combined with the practical knowledge to apply it.
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.