Welfare Standards

Codes - Protecting the Welfare of Animals

The SABS Standards Abridged Catalogue can be obtained from:-

All Pounds, Saleyards, Livestock Shows and Vending Sites, including SPCAs acting as Livestock Pounds, must comply with the relevant national standards. These standards are compiled and established in co-operation- and conjunction with the SABS and relevant industry role players.

The current published national livestock standards are

SANS 1488:2014 – Humane Transportation of Livestock by Road -
available at http://www.store.sabs.co.za/sans-1488-ed-1-00

SANS 1469:2014 – Humane keeping and handling of Livestock at Saleyards, Pounds, Shows and Vending sites -
available at http://www.store.sabs.co.za/sans-1469-ed-1-00

SANS 1488 and 1469 - Important New Livestock Standards Published
Please click here for further information ...

Handlers Guide to Good Livestock Handling
An easy to read pamphlet based on the SABS standard 1469:2014. Please click here …

Click here for the CODE FOR DAIRY CATTLE ...
Click here for the CODE FOR FEEDLOTS ...

Codes under review by us are

  • Crocodile Farming
  • Dairy Code
  • Pig Farming Welfare Code

Intensive Farming

With the advent of industrialised farming and intensive rearing systems, the welfare of animals has regrettably taken a back seat and constant lobbying to improve systems, eliminate cruel practices and introduce welfare codes of practice and standards therefore forms part of the National Council of SPCA's (NSPCA) ongoing strategy. The challenge of all producers, from large commercial operations to small-scale emerging farmers, is to meet the increased demand while achieving the highest animal welfare standards within the various production systems.

The NSPCA is opposed to all forms of farming and animal husbandry practices, which cause suffering or distress to animals, or which unreasonably restrict their movements or their behavioural patterns which are necessary for the well-being of the species concerned.

We encourage and promote free range practices which allow animals freedom of movement and strive to prevent practices of separating young from their mothers in order to increase production.


The following Codes are being updated through the South African Bureau of Standards with the involvement of the NSPCA.

Click here for the CODE FOR DAIRY CATTLE ...

Click here for the CODE FOR FEEDLOTS ...

Click here for the CODE FOR HANDLING LIVESTOCK ...


Click here for the CODE FOR PIG WELFARE ...

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