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Animal Welfare

Global Animal Partnership

We partnered with the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) in 2011 and became one of the first and very few poultry farms to carry a Step 4 rating.  We chose to partner with GAP because our missions were on a very similar track. We are both devoted toward higher standards for animal welfare and the desire to provide tools allowing consumers and retailers to know and understand what they are really buying.

The Global Animal Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that was founded in 2008 to work collaboratively with farmers and scientists to facilitate continuous improvements and higher welfare in animal agriculture.  With this premise in mind, GAP developed a “5-Step” Animal Welfare Rating program that helps promote continuous improvement in animal agriculture, holds farmers accountable through third party certification audits, and better informs consumers about their prospective purchases.

To date, more than 140 million animals are raised annually according to GAP standards.  Crystal Lake Farms is proud to be a partner of GAP and carry the Step 4 rating for all broilers.

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