AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This Thanksgiving, thanks to Global Animal Partnership's (GAP) 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating, Whole Foods Market shoppers can know exactly how turkeys were raised for their holiday meals. Whole Foods Market is the first national retailer to offer full transparency in regards to raising practices for turkeys sold in the meat department.
Global Animal Partnership is a multi-stakeholder non-profit aiming to improve farm animal welfare by setting guidelines for raising practices and animal management in the form of the tiered 5-Step system. Whole Foods Market began using 5-Step ratings in 2011 on beef, pork and chicken sold in meat departments to provide customers with information about the way animals were raised. This year, GAP announced new standards for turkey.
At Step 1, turkeys are raised without crates, cages or crowding plus more than 125 other requirements. Beyond Step 1, each successive Step requires more animal-focused practices. Customers can review the complete standards online or review a condensed version in brochures available in stores.
- Step 1: no crates, cages, no crowding
- Step 2: enriched environment (things to do!)
- Step 3: enhanced outdoor access
- Step 4: pasture centered
- Step 5: animal centered, no physical alterations.
- Step 5+: animal centered, entire life on the same farm