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What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for meat chickens?
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Meat chickens have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of meat chickens in Australia on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of meat chicken production including food and water, environment and housing, stocking density, management and health, catching, transport and slaughter in order to ensure good animal welfare outcomes for the birds throughout their lives.
The Standards are informed by RSPCA policy, available scientific research, current legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidelines for animal welfare, veterinary and technical advice and current industry good practice.
For a meat chicken farm to become Approved under the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, an RSPCA Assessor must visit the farm to determine it is meeting the requirements of the Standards. Once Approved, the farm will receive regular visits from an Assessor (every 3 to 6 months) to assess their compliance with the Standards.
In Australia, meat chickens are generally raised in large environmentally controlled sheds that may or may not provide access to an outdoor range area. Both indoor and outdoor production systems can be Approved under the Scheme as the RSPCA believes that either system, when managed accordingly, can provide for the behavioural and physiological needs of the birds.
Meat chickens grown on an RSPCA Approved farm, transported and slaughtered in accordance with the Standards can then be marketed with the RSPCA logo. To find out where you can purchase RSPCA Approved chicken, visit the Shop Humane website.
Some of the requirements of the RSPCA meat chicken standards include:
To learn more about the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme or to download a copy of the Standards, please visit our website.
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