Hen in a field © RSPCA

Help us change the lives of billions of farm animals

Campaign closes in:

This campaign closed at 11:45 pm on Tuesday, 08 May.

Thank you to the 4,463 people who took part in Defra’s consultation on the future of farming. We now await the first draft of the Agriculture Bill, which we expect will be published in the summer.

Why we need a change

64 percent of people believe animal welfare is important when choosing which meat to buy © RSPCA

Farm animals are sentient beings, they can feel pleasure and pain, and we have a responsibility to safeguard their welfare. Whilst progress has been made, farm animals continue to suffer because of unsuitable farming practices, but now we’ve been given a chance to make a big change. 

The upcoming Agriculture Bill gives us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the future for millions of farm animals, as the UK Government aims to set new agricultural policies in England.

What the Agricultural Bill can do for farm animal welfare

The Agricultural Bill is the future for food, farming and the environment, and will set agricultural policy in England. 

Eight out of ten people support government subsidies being used to improve animals welfare © RSPCA

What we want to see in the Agricultural Bill: 

  • Animal welfare considered as an important factor when developing future farming policies
  • Farming subsidies to incentivise and support farmers improving the welfare of their farm animals – public money not used to support farmers who are just meeting minimum requirements
  • Farming practices that support wildlife and protect their natural habitats
  • Method of production and slaughter labelling on all animal products
  • Free trade agreements that will ensure we won’t import products farmed to lower welfare standards

A critical chance to change animal welfare

The public consultation on the Agricultural Bill gave us an opportunity to help shape the future of farming and put animal welfare at the heart of new legislation. The policies set out in this Bill could be the key turning point for the welfare of farm animals and we want you to help us make this a reality. 

The Agriculture Bill is an opportunity to bring about change © RSPCA

The policies set out in the Agriculture Bill could mean we move closer to the end of: 

  • keeping hens in enriched battery cages
  • confining pregnant and nursing pigs in farrowing crates
  • farming ducks without full body access to water
  • dairy cows suffering from lameness and mastitis (an infection of the udders)
  • and ensure that all animal products are labelled so shoppers can identify farming system and method slaughter.

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