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Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid injuries from birds pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for turkeys, either indoor or outdoor, there is a risk of a cannibalism outbreak. These outbreaks can...

Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of hens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid or minimise injuries from hens pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for layer hens, but especially in non-cage systems, there is a risk of a cannibalism...

Where can I buy RSPCA Approved chicken, eggs, pork and turkey?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:54
RSPCA Approved chicken, eggs, pork and turkey products come from animals raised to higher welfare standards on RSPCA Approved farms around Australia. To find out where you can buy RSPCA Approved products in your local area, visit our RSPCA...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Turkeys have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of turkeys on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of production including food and water,...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for pigs?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
The RSPCA has developed standards for pig producers that ensure a high level of welfare for the farmed pigs. Pig producers can apply to participate in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and participation is granted if the farming system meets the...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for meat chickens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
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...

What are barn-laid eggs?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:51
Barn-laid eggs are a good alternative to cage eggs, and a well-managed barn that provides enrichment for the hen can be just as welfare friendly for a hen as a proper free-range facility. From an animal welfare perspective it’s a myth that barn...

How can I shop for animal-welfare friendly food?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:50
The most important thing you can do to encourage animal welfare-friendly production systems is to avoid buying foods that have been produced using inhumane practices such as the use of battery cages (for egg production) and sow stalls (for pork...

How are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards developed?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:49
The RSPCA standards focus on the animal welfare aspect of farm animal production and are developed by RSPCA Australia. The standards are developed following the completion of a comprehensive literature review that examines animal welfare science in...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for layer hens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:48
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...

What is the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:46
The RSPCA has developed animal welfare standards for layer hens, pigs, meat chickens and turkeys that set a high level of welfare for the animals in these farming systems. These standards are much higher than those recommended by the model codes of...

What is the RSPCA view on rodeos?

Fri, 2017-06-16 13:35
A rodeo is a form of entertainment or sport in which skills such as riding broncos, bull riding, roping calves or wrestling steers are displayed. RSPCA Australia is opposed to rodeos because of the potential for significant injury, suffering and...

Do horses and cattle enjoy participating in rodeos?

Fri, 2017-06-16 12:57
Arguments put forward in support of the use of horses, bulls, steers and calves in rodeos tend to focus on the fact that these events have been part of country town life for many years, that they are good for the local community and that the...

What is the RSPCA’s view on dolphins in captivity?

Fri, 2017-06-02 11:57
Dolphins are marine mammals belonging to the group known as cetaceans, which also includes whales, orcas and porpoises. RSPCA Australia recognises that some animals have complex social, physical or behavioural needs which are extremely difficult...

What is trap-neuter-return and is it an appropriate strategy for the management of unowned cats?

Thu, 2017-06-01 12:31
The management of unowned, semi-owned or feral cats is a complex and often emotive issue. Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is one method promoted, primarily in the United States, as a humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing populations...

Is calcium chloride used to desex male dogs and cats in Australia?

Thu, 2017-06-01 12:15
Calcium chloride (Calchlorin®, CaClCa) can be used as a non-surgical castration technique in male cats and dogs but is not currently being used for this purpose in Australia. The chemical was first investigated as a method of sterilisation in the...

Why is it important to ensure my pet is microchipped?

Thu, 2017-06-01 12:13
It is very important to ensure your pet cat or dog is microchipped because if your pet cat or dog becomes lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped. What is a microchip? How does it work? A microchip is...

What is the most humane way to kill a cane toad?

Tue, 2017-05-30 17:11
Cane toads are a highly invasive species and are regarded as a major environmental pest in Australia. While there is fairly universal agreement over the need to control cane toads, there is significant debate over what is the most humane method to...

What should I consider before taking my dog to the office?

Mon, 2017-05-29 11:53
Dogs in the office June 23rd is International ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’, when employers are asked to open their businesses to pet dogs to promote the benefits of pet ownership and encourage animal adoption. Pets provide a number of...

Is it okay to keep my cat contained within my property boundary all of the time?

Fri, 2017-05-26 17:18
Yes, there are many benefits to keeping your cat contained to your property boundaries. Contained cats are less likely to become lost or injured (hit by a car or attacked by a dog). They are also less likely to get into cat fights and therefore...

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