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What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for layer hens?
The RSPCA developed standards for egg producers that ensure a high level of welfare for layer hens. Egg producers can apply to participate in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and this will be granted if the farming system meets the RSPCA’s standards. Egg cartons containing RSPCA-Approved eggs are labelled with the RSPCA Approved Farming logo so that consumers can be assured that the hens are kept according to the RSPCA’s high animal welfare standards.
The Scheme is run on a not-for-profit model with all fees being used to manage and promote the Scheme including the costs of regular on-farm assessments.
The RSPCA Approves both barn and free-range housing systems. These types of systems, unlike battery cages, give hens the opportunity to express their full range of behaviours.
Some of the requirements in the RSPCA standards for layer hens are:
To learn more about the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme or to download the standards visit our website.
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