Why join RSPCA Approved

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme focuses on improving the lives of farm animals and making higher welfare eggs, meat and fish readily available.

The RSPCA Standards are solely focused on improving animal welfare, detailed and informed by evidence.

What this means for animals

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    Meat Chickens

    Chickens on RSPCA Approved farms have space to move, good lighting and quality litter floor covering. Encouraged to be active, birds can perch, dust bathe, peck and forage.

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    • Good indoor environment (because even free-range chickens spend most of their time indoors).
    • Brighter lighting during the day encourages chickens to be active and move about, while periods of complete darkness at night allow them to rest properly.
    • Perches and interesting objects to play with and peck at encourages activity and helps chickens build stronger muscles and bones.
    • Quality, well managed litter for chickens to scratch, peck and dust bathe and improves their leg and foot health.
    RSPCA Standards
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    Pigs

    Pigs on RSPCA Approved farms have room to roam, forage, explore. They also have access to straw bedding for a comfortable, dry area to rest.

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    • Secluded places with quality bedding give sows a comfortable place to rest and build a nest for their young.
    • Space to move freely, so sows can forage, socialise, and wallow.
    • Sheltered housing with quality bedding gives weaned piglets a dry area to rest, play and maintain a comfortable temperature.
    • No painful husbandry procedures, such as teeth clipping, tail docking and surgical castration.
    • Pigs are not kept in cages or crates of any kind.
    RSPCA Standards
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    Layer Hens

    Hens on RSPCA Approved farms have space to move. Birds can perch, dust bathe, forage and lay their eggs in secluded a nest.

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    • Safe and enclosed nests for hens to lay their eggs.
    • Perches to help hens feel safe and allow them to rest properly.
    • Quality, well managed litter for hens to scratch, peck and dust bathe to clean and maintain their feathers.
    • Space to move, stretch and flap their wings so hens can socialise with other hens and build stronger bones and muscles.
    • Hens are not kept in cages of any kind.
    RSPCA Standards
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    Turkeys

    Turkeys on RSPCA Approved farms have space to move, good lighting and quality litter floor covering. Encouraged to be active, birds can perch, dust bathe, peck and forage.

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    • Brighter lighting during the day encourages turkeys to be active and move about, while period of complete darkness at night allow them to rest properly.
    • Perches and interesting objects to play with and peck encourages activity which helps turkeys build stronger muscles and bones.
    • Quality, well managed litter for turkeys to scratch, peck and dust bathe and improves their leg and foot health.
    • No painful husbandry procedures, such as toe trimming.
    RSPCA Standards
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    Salmon

    Salmon on RSPCA Approved farms have space to swim effortlessly, can school with other fish, are handled in a low-stress manner and slaughtered humanely.

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    • Good management and husbandry help protect salmon from injury and disease.
    • Good stockpersonship with a focus on low-stress handling and animal welfare.
    • Managing water quality, including appropriate oxygen levels, temperature and stocking densities, so that salmon have an environment in which they can thrive.
    • Lower stocking densities means salmon can swim effortlessly and perform natural schooling behaviours.
    RSPCA Standards
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    Dairy Calves

    Calves on RSPCA Approved farms have space to move, play and socialise. They have a quality and nutritious diet, proper bedding and access to the outdoors from 8 weeks of age.

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    • A nutritious diet, that includes good quality colostrum, prevents calves having mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
    • Feeding is done in a way that encourages suckling and chewing behaviours.
    • Space to move freely with other calves, so they can socialise and play.
    • Sheltered housing with quality bedding gives calves a dry area to rest, play and maintain a comfortable temperature.
    • Access to a paddock.
    • Good stockpersonship with a focus on low-stress handling and animal welfare.
    RSPCA Standards

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You can find RSPCA Approved products in both major and independent supermarkets, butchers and many of your favourite eating spots.

Farms undergo up to 4 assessments a year by experienced RSPCA Assessors.

OUR MISSION

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme focuses on improving the lives of farm animals and making higher welfare eggs, meat and fish readily available.

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme’s mission is to improve the lives of as many farm animals as possible, today.