A number of common farming practices subject animals to physical and psychological stress.
Farm animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering, experiencing sensations and emotions - making it vital we treat them humanely.
The RSPCA believes that if farm animals are to be bred, reared and slaughtered for the purpose of food, they must be provided with an environment that meets their physical and behavioural needs without unnecessary suffering or distress.
As part of this goal, the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme has been created to provide higher animal welfare standards for the care of layer hens, pigs, meat chickens and turkeys.
The standards ensure that animals in these farming systems are provided with an environment that meets their physical and behavioural needs.
Producers that meet and maintain the RSPCA standards can apply to join the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme.
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