Supplementary decisions and interpretations
Following the conclusive formal adoption of these criteria, the supplementary decisions and interpretations below have been drafted in conjunction with the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals. These decisions/interpretations have not yet been formally adopted and are subject to change before being included in the established BLL criteria. In anticipation thereof, certification may still be carried out on the basis of these draft decisions and interpretations.
Covered outdoor run between two existing buildings
The criteria for BLL laying hens stipulate that there must be a free, unrestricted view from the covered run. This is not always feasible with existing buildings. The Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals has therefore established supplementary conditions which a covered run between two buildings can still comply with.
These conditions only apply to existing buildings, not to new buildings. In addition, the lower storey of a two-storey building can never satisfy these supplementary conditions. The lower story of a poultry shed or house with two storeys is therefore not eligible.
GMP+ equivalent animal feed systems
The Better Life label criteria for livestock farms include the provision that feed must demonstrably originate from a GMP+ certified feed supplier or a supplier with an equivalent quality assurance system. The Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals accepts various quality assurance systems as an alternative to GMP+ certified animal feed.
The ‘Equivalent systems’ page lists quality assurance systems accepted by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals as an alternative to GMP+ certification within the Better Life label scheme.