About RSPCA Assured

We are the RSPCA’s farm animal welfare assurance scheme and the RSPCA Assured ethical food label.

Our assessors inspect hatcheries, farms, hauliers and abattoirs to RSPCA welfare standards to ensure that farm animals have been well cared for throughout their lives. We also work with Lloyd’s Register assessors to inspect processors and packers and to ensure a full chain of custody for products that carry the RSPCA Assured logo.

The RSPCA’s welfare standards cover the whole of an animal’s life, from their health and diet to environment and care; from birth to slaughter. Our experienced team of RSPCA Assured assessors carry out annual assessments while our members also receive independent monitoring visits, many of which are unannounced, from RSPCA farm livestock officers. The RSPCA Assured mark makes it easy for people to recognise products from animals that had a better life, to they can feel confident and good about their choice.

The RSPCA Assured welfare standards have been developed to ensure that all animals are reared, transported and slaughtered according to our higher welfare ideals and have everything required for a better quality of life. Whether they are kept on large or small farms, indoors or free-range, our standards ensure that every aspect of the life of the animal is covered from birth right through to slaughter, including their feed and water requirements, the environment in which they live, how they are handled, their healthcare and how they are transported and slaughtered.

All farms on the RSPCA Assured scheme must abide by the RSPCA’s higher welfare standards. These standards are formulated under consultation to ensure they guide the governance of animal welfare in a practical and applicable way. Through collaboration with farmers, vets and scientists, our standards are created to reflect the current on-farm situation and also provide a guiding light for compassionate farmers to work towards.

The RSPCA Assured mark makes it easy for people to recognise products from animals that had a better life, to they can feel confident and good about their choice.

 

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