SPCA Blue Tick® Standards



Our SPCA Blue Tick® standards cover an animal's needs, not just the bare minimum. They also incorporate current legislation, codes of practice, scientific research, veterinary advice, and practical farm experience.


Additionally, the SPCA Blue Tick® standards also account for responsible animal management, skilled stockmanship, environmental design, considerate handling, transport and much more.

The SPCA Blue Tick® standards can only be met after confirmation by an Royal New Zealand SPCA employee or a 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.


Click on the images below to download a PDF copy of the relevant SPCA Blue Tick® standards.


Layer Hen Standards

Free Range and Barn

Royal New Zealand SPCA

Animal Welfare Policy

Chicken Standards

Free Range

Pork Standards

Free Range and Free Farmed

The SPCA Blue Tick® standards and all copyright in the SPCA Blue Tick® standards is owned by the RNZSPCA. Unless specifically permitted in writing or licensed by RNZSPCA you may access, view, reproduce and print the SPCA Blue Tick® standards only for use for non-commercial purposes and any reproduction must include a prominent acknowledgement of RNZSPCA's rights in the SPCA Blue Tick® standards. All intellectual property rights are reserved. In particular you must not:

• reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit the SPCA Blue Tick® standards for a commercial purpose;
• republish the SPCA Blue Tick® standards;
• sell, rent or sub-license material from the SPCA Blue Tick® standards;
• show the SPCA Blue Tick® Standards in public;
• edit or otherwise modify the SPCA Blue Tick® standards; or
• redistribute the SPCA Blue Tick® standards. Where content is specifically made available for redistribution, it may only be redistributed within your organisation.

If you have a question about the SPCA Blue Tick® accreditation, 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.

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