SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Freeze and Hot Branding (Farmed)

Farmed Animals

SPCA advocates that the freeze branding of animals must only take place when easily visualised permanent identification of an animal is required and when microchipping is not a valid alternative.

If freeze branding is carried out it should only be performed by a veterinarian or a veterinary student under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, and adequate and appropriate medical care must be provided prior to, during and after the operation and include anaesthesia and analgesia.

SPCA opposes all uses of hot branding to identify animals.

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