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RSPCA welfare standards for pigs

November 2014 Welfare Standards for Pigs front cover

Our detailed RSPCA welfare standards have been developed to represent good practice in the care and welfare of commercially-farmed pigs at all stages of their lives.

RSPCA welfare standards for pigs (PDF: 704KB)

Download the key changes to the RSPCA welfare standards for pigs (PDF 136KB) for details of the key changes within the 'Farrowing systems' section of the standards.

Latest amendments

Download the latest amendments to RSPCA welfare standards for Pigs (PDF 728KB).

Information on tail docking, teeth clipping/grinding, nose ringing and the use of Improvac©

Under the RSPCA welfare standards for pigs tail docking, tooth clipping and nose ringing of pigs must only be carried out under exceptional circumstances. Freedom Food members must annually request and receive permission from the RSPCA's Farm Animals Department to undertake these procedures. Guidance to assist Freedom Food members with such requests is available in our Guidance on potentially injurious husbandry procedures for pigs (PDF 112KB).

Tail docking permission request form (Doc 32KB)

RSPCA pig standards technical advisory group

Members of the advisory group are selected on the basis of the specific expertise they bring to the group in different areas of pig care. Members include:

  • Kate Parkes (RSPCA pig specialist)
  • James Yeates (Chair)
  • Emma Baxter (SRUC)
  • Howard Revell (BQP)
  • Jim Burling (Wayland Farms)
  • John Newman (Peddars Pigs)
  • Katja Stoddart (AHDB Pork)
  • Keith Wiseman (Rattlerow)
  • Rob Mercer (Packington Pork)
  • Stephen Youngs (Oakwood Veterinary Group)
  • A technical/field operations representative of Freedom Food Ltd
  • A representative of RSPCA field staff (Farm Livestock Officers) who monitor Freedom Food scheme members.

For information on the group's discussions download the summary notes of the first meeting held in May 2015 (PDF 148KB).

Find out more about the consultation process for the development of the RSPCA welfare standards for farm animals.