As a leader in animal protein production, we take very seriously our responsibility to provide the animals under our care a good quality of life and a humane end. We are committed to following animal welfare practices, both in our own operations and supply chains to meet the needs of our customers, consumers and society, and more importantly demonstrate our respect for the animals our business depends on.


Across our operations, our approach to animal care is grounded in science, measurement, training, audits, and research. We have established and implemented animal welfare policies and procedures in line with internationally recognized standards and local laws and regulations. Our animal welfare programs lay out the appropriate practices, controls, training and documentation, and have historically been motivated by the globally recognized “Five Freedoms”, developed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council Animal Welfare Committee (AWC).

However, this theme has evolved in the last few years, and the “Five Freedoms” are now more commonly represented as aspirational states or principles that provide a logical and understandable guide to assessing and managing animal welfare, but they are difficult to achieve, if not impossible to measure.

Therefore, we have evolved our approach to focus on the “Five Domains Model”:

  • 1. Nutrition: food deprivation, water deprivation, and malnutrition

  • 2. Environment: environmental challenges (heat, cold, mud, dust, lack of space, etc.)

  • 3. Health: diseases, injuries, functional limitation

  • 4. Behavior: behavioral restrictions

  • 5. Mental states: weakness, pain (moderate), vertigo, hunger, thirst, pain (short term), nausea, fear, loneliness, anxiety, frustration, anguish, hopelessness, pain (persistent).

Aligning compliance with these Five Domains, and the standards and regulations in each region where we operate, is an important component in our management approach, and we believe these practices should permeate throughout the entire value chain. To that end, every year, we invest in regularly training and developing our team members and suppliers, and track various performance indicators to help identify opportunities for improvement. When necessary, corrective actions are outlined according to our animal welfare programs, and additional training is administered as needed.

Within our supply chains, we prioritize animal welfare standards through the following measures:

Our Regional Approaches

Please see Our Supplier Partners to learn more about the additional animal welfare requirements and certifications our suppliers must meet to be in our branded product programs.

Our animal welfare programs are often reviewed by animal handling and welfare experts from universities around the globe. These lasting academic partnerships have assisted our company in identifying and investing in additional upgrades to both our facilities and team member and supplier training programs to further enhance the welfare of our animals.