When some people become aware of the realities of large-scale animal farming, they choose to become vegetarian or vegan. The RSPCA respects this choice.
The RSPCA acknowledges that not consuming animal-derived products is one way to demonstrate that you care about farm animal welfare. However, if the RSPCA is to improve the welfare of as many animals as possible, it’s important that this includes the millions of animals that are farmed today and the many more that will be farmed in the future.
For as long as people continue to use and consume animal products, the RSPCA has a key role to play in improving how farm animals are treated from birth through to slaughter. This means constantly pushing for improved standards along the supply chain and urging that animals be kept in environments that meet their physical and behavioural needs, and are handled, transported and killed or slaughtered humanely.
We advocate for improved farm animal welfare at government, industry, producer and corporate level. Find out more about our role in agriculture.
The RSPCA encourages people who consume or use meat, eggs, milk and other animal-derived products, to make a higher welfare choice and, to help them do this, the RSPCA aims to ensure that higher welfare alternatives are readily available. Consumers have the power to vote with their wallet and support farmers who prioritise animal welfare. Making higher welfare choices leads to increased uptake of higher welfare practices along the supply chain and in turn leads to farm animals benefitting from better conditions.
Whether you consume animal-derived products or not, you can further your impact by signing up to the RSPCA’s eNews and taking campaign actions to make it known to industry, brands, and farmers that you care and support continuous improvements in how Australian farm animals are treated.