7 humanely-farmed products to look for at Coles this Christmas


With the holiday season fast approaching many of us are starting to think about what we’ll be cooking for our Christmas feasts. And importantly, for those conscious about choosing humanely farmed, how we can choose products that align with our views about how farm animals should be treated.

Good news! By looking for the RSPCA Approved logo on products you can feel confident they have come from farms that prioritise animal welfare. And did you know Coles Supermarkets currently have the largest range of RSPCA Approved products to meet your Christmas needs?

Here are 7 products to look for at your local Coles, so your Christmas lunch is a humane one.

Coles free range RSPCA Approved ham
Life on the range for pigs on Coles’ RSPCA Approved farms means room to roam, forage and explore. There’s also mud wallows for sows (mother pigs) to roll and lie around in and access to straw-filled huts to build a warm nest for piglets. Once piglets are weaned, they’re housed in large straw-filled shelters with other pigs of the same age with access to the outdoors. 

Coles Finest free range RSPCA Approved turkey
Raised on RSPCA Approved farms in NSW’s picturesque Hunter Valley, turkeys have lower stocking densities and access to the outdoors to explore and forage during the day. Inside the barn, birds enjoy perches to help build leg strength, dry litter to scratch and dust bathe, and toys to keep them entertained.

Coles RSPCA Approved turkey
Raised in enriched barns, turkeys on Coles’ RSPCA Approved farms have lower stocking densities and better lighting to encourage activity and allow proper rest. Birds also have quality litter covering the floor to scratch and dust bathe, which cleans and maintains their feathers, and perches and toys which keeps them active and entertained.

Coles free range RSPCA Approved pork
From a handpicked group of RSPCA Approved farms in WA, Coles’ free range pork comes from farms where pigs have space to move, explore, socialise and play. Sows have mud wallows to help keep them cool in warm weather and they have access to straw-filled huts to build a cosy nest for their piglets. Once piglets are weaned they’re housed in large straw-filled shelters with other pigs of the same age with access to the outdoors.

Coles RSPCA Approved chicken
Raised in enriched barns, chickens on Coles’ RSPCA Approved farms have lower stocking densities, perches and quality litter covering the floor to scratch and dust bathe. Along with better lighting, birds are encouraged to be active to build leg strength and have periods of complete darkness to allow them to rest properly.

Coles free range RSPCA Approved chicken (available in NSW and Victoria)
Chickens on Coles free range RSPCA Approved farms have access to the range during the day for a minimum of eight hours (once they have grown enough adult feathers and can safely enjoy the outdoors). When they’re young, and at night, they’re protected from predators and the elements in cosy barns with perches and quality litter covering the floor to scratch and dust bathe.

Happy Chicken Eggs
A family-owned farming business, Happy Chicken Eggs is passionate about ensuring their hens have a good life. During the day, hens roam and explore the outdoors, climbing and foraging, with shaded areas to rest and keep cool. Inside the barn they have secluded nest boxes to lay their eggs, quality litter to dust bathe, perches, and bright toys to peck.

Happy Chickens Eggs is the only RSPCA Approved eggs available nationally and they’re exclusively sold through Coles.

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Find out more about the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme – including information about the RSPCA’s detailed animal welfare standards rspcaapproved.org.au

4 comments

  1. As a life member of the RSPCA NSW it grieves me that RSPCA continue to encourage people to eat animals. We all die, but no animal should be born to die. It is totally unnecessary.

    • Hi Silvia, thanks for your comment and support for the RSPCA. While the RSPCA respects the choices of people who don’t use and consume animal products, the RSPCA’s position reflects the fact that the vast majority of Australians do and that without higher welfare alternatives, consumers looking to buy animal products are more likely to purchase products from conventional systems. This would be a very poor outcome for animals and means that for as long as people continue to use and consume animal products, the RSPCA has a key role to play in improving how farm animals are treated today by constantly pushing for improved farm production standards.

      • I don,t support the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme because it hurts animals such as chickens and turkeys. Pigs and salmon are in peril because of poor conditions; chickens and turkeys have no toys to play with and male chicks are killed in just one day old.

        • Hi Elise – The RSPCA’s standards set a high level for animal welfare by aiming to give some of Australia’s most intensively farmed animals a better quality of life. For poultry, this means providing space so birds can flap their wings, scratch, dust bathe, and for hens in particular, lay their eggs in a nest. For pigs, it means the ability to move freely without confinement with space to root, forage and explore, which are incredibly important behaviours for such inquisitive and social animals. This might all seem pretty basic, however it is only really achievable in higher welfare farming systems where standards go above and beyond what’s required by law.

          Chickens and Turkeys are provided with environmental enrichment and manipulable material so that they are able to express their natural behaviours, and this does include items such as straw bales and toys. You may like to read our standards to see what they cover – https://rspcaapproved.org.au/join#standards

          In the egg industry, male chicks are considered a by-product of egg production for two reasons: they can’t lay eggs and they’re not suitable for chicken-meat production (chickens that lay eggs and chickens that are raised for meat are different breeds of birds). Sadly this means they are disposed of shortly after hatching. The RSPCA continues to urge the egg industry to invest in alternatives, eg research into allowing chick sex to be determined in the early egg incubation phase, and encourages concerned consumers to do the same.

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