The RSPCA has developed animal welfare standards for the care of layer hens, pigs and meat chickens. The standards ensure that animals in these farming systems are provided with an environment that meets their behavioural and physiological needs.
RSPCA Approved free-range and barn-housed layer hens have more space than those raised in conventional systems. They can perch, dustbathe, scratch and forage, and lay their eggs in a nest. Eligible egg producers will be approved if they are able to meet the high standards of welfare required and allow regular inspections to ensure that these conditions are maintained.
Pigs reared on RSPCA Approved farms live in a well-managed outdoor system, within enhanced indoor environments that cater for all their behavioural and physiological needs, or a combination of both. You would not see sow stalls or farrowing crates on an RSPCA Approved pig farm. All pigs are reared, handled and transported with consideration and care and then slaughtered humanely.