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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 RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is not-for-profit. Royalty payments received from companies marketing their products as RSPCA Approved are used to fund the Scheme.
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.