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If you have a question about the Blue Tick 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.


- What is Blue Tick?
- Will a Blue Tick purchase really make a difference?
- How do food producers get Blue Tick certified?
- What sorts of products have the Blue Tick?
- Do Blue Tick products cost more?
- What is the difference between the Blue Tick and other certifications?
- What is the difference in hens that cage-lay eggs and the living conditions of barn laying or free range hens?
- How do find Blue Tick products?

 

What is Blue Tick?

Blue Tick is an accreditation scheme run by the Royal New Zealand SPCA. It guarantees products displaying the Tick have been produced through humane farming practise.  Blue Tick accreditation is then displayed on approved produce as a food labelling guide. This makes it easy to shop for products that have been produced to high animal welfare standards

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Will a Blue Tick purchase really make a difference?

Using Blue Tick accredited products supports the SPCA’s work to ensure high welfare standards for farm animals.  You join a worldwide trend to forego cheap products that compromise principled farming standards. Buying Blue Tick guarantees you products that are humanely produced.  Your choice, in turn, sends a message to farmers and producers that smart businesses cater for conscious consumers

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How do food producers get Blue Tick certified?

They must adhere to rigorous Blue Tick standards.  They can be audited on these standards at any time.

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What sorts of products have the Blue Tick?

Free range and barn laid eggs, free range and eco barn port and port products, turkey and chicken.  With more to come throughout 2015.

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Do Blue Tick products cost more?

Current intensive farming practices have in part evolved to meet consumer demand for lower-priced products, which in some cases has come at a cost to the welfare of animals.

However with more consumers taking the view that the welfare of farm animals is an important consideration, more producers and distributors not only modify their farming practices to reflect their view but also run less intensive farming operations, hence costing more to them which is then reflected in the consumer price.

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What is the difference between the Blue Tick and other certifications?

The array of certifications available can be bewildering as there are many organisations offering different standards of welfare to animals. The Blue Tick is supporting the charitable work of SPCA in other areas

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What is the difference in hens that cage-lay eggs and the living conditions of barn laying or free range hens?

Battery hens

  • They can live in extremely cramped conditions in cages with up to five others.
  • They cannot flap their wings, perch, roost or dust bathe, meaning they are unable to perform behaviours that come naturally
  • They suffer from feather damage, feet deformation and wide variety of physical and emotional stressors

Barn laying hens

  • Are free to move around indoors
  • They are able to dust bathe and scratch, roost and lay eggs in nesting boxes

Free range hens

  • Are free to move around indoors
  • They are able to dust bathe and scratch, roost and lay eggs in nesting boxes
  • Are able to do this out of doors and in small flocks

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How do I find Blue Tick products?

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Look in your local supermarket or butcher for Blue Tick products. This is our logo.

Visit the websites of our poultry, pork, turkey and egg suppliers.

If you can't find blue tick products at your local supermarket or butcher, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will pass on your feedback to them.



 

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