Whole30 Approved® Animal Welfare Policy


Whole30 Approved® Animal Welfare Policy, 2021

The treatment of farm animals is important to Whole30 and is an essential part of the movement to improve our food system. To ensure good animal welfare practices are operational on farms and in supply chains, we have outlined minimum standards that must be met for all animal protein-containing products under a Whole30 Approved® license agreement.

Whole30 Approved products with animals in their supply chain abide by the minimal standards below:

  • No abusive handling or neglect
  • No confinement in cages (poultry), crates (pigs), individual hutches or continuous tethering/tie stalls (cattle)
  • Continuous pasture access or daily outdoor access
  • Protection from inclement weather and predators
  • Comfortable resting area for all animals
  • No feed lots (cattle)
  • Fed a diet that supports nutrition, satiation, and healthy body condition
  • No tail docking, ear notching, de-toeing, or face branding
  • No antibiotics for growth promotion or prophylactic use
  • No hormones (cattle)
  • Stunning before conscious shackling and slaughter

Whole30 Approved products containing animal protein will automatically meet our qualifications if they are certified as:

  • Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step 1 or higher
  • Certified Humane
  • Animal Welfare Approved

In partnership with the ASPCA:

Whole30 recognizes the ASPCA® Shop With Your Heart program as a means to help consumers find animal welfare-certified meat, dairy, and egg products, as well as plant-based alternatives. Several Whole30 Approved partners are already recognized on the ASPCA Shop With Your Heart distinguished brand list.

To show our support for the well-being of farm animals and the ASPCA program, we offer a 10% licensing discount to any company recognized on the ASPCA’s Shop With Your Heart brand list.


To keep pace with advancements and knowledge of animal welfare science, industry best practice, and consumer expectation; and to ensure comprehensive animal welfare assurances are realized in the Whole30 Approved program, Whole30’s animal welfare standards will be periodically revisited.

Thank you for your support as we do our part to improve our food system for all. For inquiries regarding our animal welfare standards please email [email protected].