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RSPCA welfare standards

for domestic/common ducks

(iv) February 2015

* indicates an amendment

RSPCA Farm Animals Department

The RSPCA's Farm Animals Department develops the RSPCA welfare standards for farm animals.

These detailed documents are intended to represent 'best practice' in the care and welfare of

farm animals.

The RSPCA works to continually develop and improve the welfare standards using a range of

information, including the latest scientific research and practical farming experience. We regularly

consult with other animal welfare and agricultural scientists, veterinary surgeons, and farming industry

representatives. This helps to ensure that the RSPCA welfare standards continue to be at the forefront

of farm animal care and welfare, and are also achievable on commercial farms.

The standards also take account of feedback from RSPCA Farm Livestock Officers, who carry out

monitoring of the Freedom Food scheme, Freedom Food assessors who audit scheme members,

and the scheme members themselves.

We always value constructive feedback and ideas for improvement from those who are

implementing the RSPCA welfare standards. Comments/feedback can be discussed with:

a) RSPCA Farm Animals Department scientific staff, by contacting them on the below details:

Address: Farm Animals Department

RSPCA

Wilberforce Way

Southwater

Horsham

West Sussex

RH13 9RS

Telephone: 0300 123 0183

Email: farm-animals@rspca.org.ukp://rspca.org.uk" target="_blank" title="Visit rspca.org.uk">rspca.org.uk

b) RSPCA Farm Livestock Officers, who can discuss any issues during farm visits and offer advice,

and can provide feedback to the RSPCA Farm Animals Department scientific staff.

Freedom Food Ltd

Freedom Food is the RSPCA's farm assurance and food labelling scheme. Freedom Food assesses

and approves farms, hauliers and abattoirs that meet all of the applicable RSPCA welfare standards.

Processors and packers must also apply for scheme membership for traceability and licence

fee purposes.

Only approved suppliers and outlets using approved suppliers may use the Freedom Food certification

mark subject to traceability and licence fee. Membership is subject to an annual membership fee and

successful assessment as well as risk based monitoring visits by Farm Livestock Officers employed

by the RSPCA's Farm Animals Department.

Freedom Food is a charity in its own right and not for profit. Any surplus goes back into

improving farm animal welfare.

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