Huon Aquaculture named as Australia’s first RPCA approved salmon farmers

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The Australian farm processes salmon humanely, according to its leading animal welfare board.

The scheme was established 22 years ago and more than 1.2 billion farm animals have been farmed to better welfare standards.

In a press release by Huon Aquaculture, RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil said: “Scientific research has found that fish are capable of suffering, feeling pain, anxiety and fear. Therefore, like all animals farmed for food, we need to make sure that farming fish is done in a humane way.

“Huon’s participation in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme will give customers looking for an animal welfare friendly salmon product a good choice. It’s a good outcome for millions of fish and consumers wanting to make a more humane choice.”

The accreditation is a first for an Australian salmon farm. The company worked with the RSPCA for six years to prove that they provided a well-managed environment for better fish welfare.

The salmon giant will now be able to add a RSPCA animal welfare standard seal to their products. However according to ABC news, salmon grown in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast will not be. “We are proud to be leading the way in farming salmon safely, sustainably and with a strong focus on welfare,” she said.

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“Achieving this accreditation hasn’t happened overnight. We have worked closely with the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme over many years to meet their high standards.

“It’s a good outcome for millions of fish and consumers wanting to make a more humane choice.”

“It is no secret that we have concerns over the health of Macquarie Harbour, as does the RSPCA,” Ms Bender said.

“When environmental conditions improve, the RSPCA will look at independent science and review this decision.