More than 80% of the animals raised in the EU each year are factory farmed, but these inhumane practices are hidden behind closed doors, out of the public view.
People want to be able to choose foods that are better for animal welfare, and food labels are an important way of ensuring we can make informed choices about what we buy.
The Soil Association symbol on a product indicates it has been certified to the highest level of animal welfare when it comes to meat, dairy and fish products. Unfortunately, lower animal welfare products are not labelled as such, leaving the consumer unaware of how the animal was kept. To provide transparent information to consumers, food from all animals should be labelled to show the consumer how the animal was raised.
Together with Compassion in World Farming, RSPCA and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) we are working across the EU to demand change. We’re calling for labelling on all animal produce and ingredients in the EU; we want the labels on animal produce to be simple and clear and to give consumers the information they most want to know: ‘How was this animal kept?’
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Animals are at the centre of organic practices - standards aim to give animals as natural a life as possible and be able to fully express their innate behaviours by requiring that they are genuinely free-range whenever the weather permits. The aim is that every animal should have a truly good life, and a humane end to it when the time comes.Peter Melchett Policy Director at the Soil Association