16 December 2011
RSPCA welfare standards for beef cattle
The ‘RSPCA welfare standards for beef cattle’ are used to provide the only RSPCA-approved scheme for the rearing, handling, transport and slaughter of beef cattle. They take account of legislation, government welfare codes, scientific research, veterinary advice, recommendations of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) and the practical experience of the farming industry. The standards are based upon the ‘Five Freedoms’ as defined by FAWC (hence the name ‘Freedom Food’ - see page iv). Although these ‘freedoms’ define ideal states, they provide a comprehensive framework for the assessment of animal welfare on farm, in transit and at the place of slaughter, as well as representing an important element of farm assurance requirements.
Author/Organization: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Where: United Kingdom
Topics: beef cattle, standards, welfare on the farm