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Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW

Our 2022-2023 standards review is now complete and the proposed standards amendments are available here. Please review these standards and let us know your thoughts and feedback by emailing We are asking for comments no later than 21 March 2023. We look forward to hearing from you.

A Greener World has some of the most rigorous animal welfare approved standards for farm animal welfare and environmental sustainability across the globe. Our Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW standards have been developed in collaboration with scientists, veterinarians, researchers and farmers across the globe to maximise practicable, high-welfare farm management with the environment in mind.

Covering all major farmed livestock and poultry, our standards are proven to be achievable in the vast majority of farm situations, and we update them regularly to incorporate new research or to reflect “best practice.” The basic premise of all our standards is that animals must be able to behave naturally and be in a state of physical and psychological well-being, and that the way we raise our animals, the nutritional quality of the food they produce, and the impact of the farming system on the environment are all intrinsically linked.

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW:

  • Requires animals to be raised on pasture or range
  • Prohibits dual production
  • Awards approval only to independent farmers
  • Incorporates the most comprehensive standards for high welfare farming

To accomplish the goals of the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW program, all standards address every aspect of each species’ lifecycle needs from birth to death. AGW works diligently to maintain a farm’s ability to be economically viable and the standards have been proven to be achievable by the vast majority of farm situations. Our standards are reviewed annually and updated as needed to incorporate new research and on-farm findings.

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW has standards for all commonly domesticated farmed animals. A number of other species are managed for meat and fibre. Other more exotic species will only be considered for accreditation if they are indigenous to the country where they are being produced.

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