26 Our animal care and welfare programs encompass all phases, including breeder operations, hatchery, appropriate comfort and shelter on the farms, comprehensive veterinary care and health monitoring, nutrition, catching, transportation and harvesting. All of the animals for our products are raised: • Without the use of crates or cages, including gestation and farrowing crates for sows • Without drugs for growth promotion (Federal law prohibits the use of hormones and steroids in poultry and pork, and we also don’t use any growth promoting drugs, including beta antagonists or ractopamine.) • With an emphasis on the freedom to express natural behaviors • On an all-vegetarian-diet with no animal by-products • In audited and verified animal care programs. Our approach to animal care is a process of continuous improvement involving a wide range of stakeholders, with a commitment to transparency. We believe that welfare goes beyond meeting the physical needs of animals and that success is measured by more than efficiency and productivity. This includes our Perdue Commitments to Animal Care program, an ongoing effort that is changing the way we raise chickens. Mistreatment or abuse of animals is never tolerated. All associates handling live animals are provided training, including their responsibility to report any violations of our animal welfare policies. The farmers who raise animals for us share equal responsibility to provide care according to our best practices and standards, and to alert us to any issues involving animal health or welfare. As part of our commitment to meeting the demand for chickens raised to higher welfare standards, we continue to study alternative and slower-growing chicken breeds. ANIMAL CARE Our Position on Animal Care & Welfare Global Animal Partnership Certified Farms In addition, our organic chickens are raised on farms rated GAP 2 or higher by the Global Animal Partnership. On GAP 2–4 farms, to protect birds from the elements, they are allowed outside during the daytime once their feathers are fully developed, which is typically around 4 weeks of age. Birds may come indoors at night and when temperatures are too cold for their comfort. For GAP 5 farms, birds have outdoor perches and are allowed 24-hour access to the pasture area. This program uses a breed that is better suited to the outdoors. Coleman Natural Hogs We work directly with family farmers who share our commitment to raising hogs without antibiotics or ractopamine in a low-stress environment. Our farmers’ sow operations do not use gestation or farrowing crates. Our hogs are raised in a combination of pastures, hoop barns, outdoor lots and controlled-atmosphere barns with fresh-air ventilation. American Humane Association certification provides third-party verification for every step of live production, transport and harvesting. Furthermore, some of our hogs are raised in accordance with the Global Animal Partnership standards.