International Programs

Certified Adherence to BC SPCA Farm Animal Welfare Standards

British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This program is an independent third party certification system which assures consumers that food products comply with BC SPCA developed farm animal welfare standards for the handling of farm animals. The BC SPCA standard differs with the national code of practices published by the Canadian AGRI-Food Research Council in farm animal husbandry practices, including space per animal and transportation times.


The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, 2012 Report (PDF | 3.5 MB)

This recent report, focused mostly on Europe, finds that as of this time, the management of farm animal welfare appears to have received much less attention than other issues on the corporate responsibility agenda.


Freedom Food

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

This page provides information about a UK farm assurance scheme, including welfare standards for all animal species on the farm and while being transported.


European Union Animal Welfare Quality Program

European standards for on-farm welfare assessment and product information systems as well as practical strategies for improving animal welfare. The program addresses consumer concerns and market demands.