Farm animal welfare

Over a billion farm animals are reared every year in the UK, as well as many millions of fish. It's a huge challenge to try to improve the welfare of such a large number of animals, but we're working hard to try to do so at every stage of their lives. 

The law alone isn't always strong or detailed enough to ensure that they all have a good quality of life or that they're transported and slaughtered humanely. We work in a number of different ways to encourage improvements, and we always use all available scientific information and practical evidence to help inform development of our policies and activities.

Responsibility for farm animal welfare doesn't just lie with the farmers and stock-keepers who look after them. Governments, food retailers and you, the consumer, all have the power to help raise welfare standards and ensure all farm animals can lead lives worth living. 

To help with this, we want to see production methods labelled on all animal products, so that you can make more informed choices when shopping.

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