The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme – 22 years and a better life for more than 2 billion animals

As announced in its 2018 Impact Report, released today, the RSPCA Australia Approved Farming Scheme has improved the welfare of over 2 billion farm animals since its inception, including layer hens, meat chickens, turkeys, pigs, and atlantic salmon.

Launched in 1996, The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is Australia’s leading independent accreditation scheme focused on animal welfare. Producers who join the Scheme must meet the RSPCA’s standards for animal welfare, which are focussed on providing an environment that meets the species’ needs.

RSPCA Approved farms are audited at least twice annually, to ensure that they are meeting the Scheme requirements.

The 2018 RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Impact Report outlines the enormous impact the Scheme has had to date, including the growing number RSPCA Approved farms, as consumers continue to drive demand for higher welfare products.

“Australians are becoming more and more interested in the treatment and conditions for farm animals, and if they eat meat or eggs, they want to make humane choices,” the RSPCA’s Humane Food Manager, Hope Bertram said.

“When they see the RSPCA Approved logo, they know that those animals have been raised in enriched environments that provide for their natural behaviours, and that painful or inhumane practices such as sow stalls for pigs or battery cages for layer hens, are not allowed under the Scheme,

“And what we’re finding is that as demand grows, more companies are seeing that prioritising animal welfare is not just good for their animals, but it makes good business sense. Right now, the vast majority of meat chickens in Australia live better lives than what is required by the law, because food companies have seen the value of RSPCA Approved in response to growing consumer expectations.

“That means that billions of animals are living better lives, with access to the things they need to express their natural behaviours. And we’re constantly evaluating our Standards and improving them based on the most current science.”

In 2018:

  • 475 farms participated in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme
  • 507 million animals were farmed to the Standards
  • 1081 farm assessments were conducted
  • More than 800 RSPCA Approved products are in the market, from 25 brands

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