SPCA Blue Tick® is an accreditation independent from the food and farming industries run by SPCA New Zealand, the only 100% independent accreditation focused on high animal welfare in New Zealand.
We certify that farming products have met our high animal welfare standards applied to New Zealand produced eggs, chicken and pork products, giving consumers the assurance that the products they are buying have been farmed to high animal welfare standards. The SPCA Blue Tick® standards can only be met after confirmation by an Royal New Zealand SPCA employee or an third party auditor contracted by Royal New Zealand SPCA who has been trained to our SPCA Blue Tick® standards. Following this, the SPCA Blue Tick® will issue a 'Certificate of Approval' for the farm or the site that has successfully passed the audit.
The scheme started by certifying eggs in 2001 and then added pork products, like bacon, ham and sausages in 2009. In 2011, chicken was added in 2012.
We intend to introduce additional categories to our portfolio in 2016 due to high consumer demand.
The SPCA Blue Tick® is a certification logo you can trust.
SPCA Blue Tick® uses independent auditors QCONZ (Quality Consultants New Zealand Ltd) to conduct yearly announced as well as unannounced audits, so consumers (and SPCA Blue Tick® producers) can be certain that high animal welfare standards are being maintained.
The SPCA Blue Tick® is part of SPCA New Zealand, the 4th most trusted charities according to the 2017 Reader's Digest Survey
Five Freedoms and beyond
The Five Freedoms are cornerstones of animal welfare and form the basis of the SPCA New Zealand animal welfare policy. Learn more about the Five Freedoms here.
SPCA Blue Tick® standards cover an animal's needs, not just the bare minimum. Have a look at our standards here.
If you have a question about the SPCA Blue Tick® Accreditation Scheme, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information. Have a look at some of our more frequently asked questions to see if your query has already been answered.