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Does the RSPCA have animal welfare standards for salmon?

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is Australia’s leading independent certification scheme focused on animal welfare. We work closely with farmers to make a positive impact on the lives of farm animals by providing an environment that meets their needs. More than 2.5 billion hens, pigs, chickens, turkeys and farmed Atlantic salmon have benefitted from higher welfare conditions since the Scheme began.

The available scientific evidence demonstrates that fish are sentient animals capable of experiencing pain and suffering. Fish must therefore be treated humanely and practices that have the potential to cause pain, injury or suffering avoided. It is essential that those responsible for managing farmed fish ensure fish welfare is an integral part of every aspect of production every day.

Since releasing our first animal welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon in 2016, more than 6.3 million fish have benefitted from better conditions on farm.

The RSPCA Approved logo means that salmon has come from farms where fish are raised according to the RSPCA’s detailed animal welfare standards. Farms are visited regularly by an RSPCA Assessor to ensure the standards are met. Find out more about what RSPCA Approved means for farmed Atlantic salmon.

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Updated on November 24, 2020
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