BUY

Helen Browning

Sainsburys

Wicks Manor

Waitrose

Laverstoke Park Farm

Ocado

Why?

These brands offer the highest levels of welfare from birth to slaughter, and the pigs have been allowed to roam. The pigs are electrically stunned before slaughter so they don’t feel any pain or discomfort.

Why should I care?

This leads to leaner meat richer in Vitamin E and Iron.

CONSIDER

These brands are much better than most:

  • Organic: certified by the Soil Association
  • Duchy
  • SOPA
  • RSPCA FF
  • Free-range
  • Outdoor reared

Why?

Animal welfare the farm is pretty high with these standards, It’s the slaughter process you can’t be sure of. Some pigs are gassed using CO2 which causes serious distress. Electrical stunning – when done properly – is much quicker, and painless.

BE AWARE

  • Red Tractor
  • QMS
  • Outdoor bred

Why?

The conditions these pigs are bred into are less than ideal and the slaughter process is almost certainly involves using CO2 stunning.

Pigs that are outdoor bred are born into systems with outdoor space and then brought inside for fattening and weaning, but the mother continues to live outdoors… this, perhaps, is better than not seeing the outdoors at all.