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
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
Telephone: 0300 123 0183
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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
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.