Origins of our food

Welfare and Sustainability of our Exotic Meats

It is vitally important to Kezie that we take the greatest care possible when sourcing our Exotic Meats, Game Meats and Exotic Seafood.

It’s a known fact that the production and processing of Exotic Meats, Game Meats and Exotic Seafood is less understood than the production of more common meats and fish in the food chain such as Beef, Pork, Lamb and Chicken.

However, we strive to attain the highest possible standards of conservation, sustainability, welfare and hygiene on each and every occasion. Our wide and varied range of award winning exotic meats, game and seafood come from all over the world and are carefully sourced from ranches and producers who actively participate in environmental programmes, from culls in game farms to breeding programmes, thus helping to maintain the natural wildlife population levels. It is important to assure you that wherever our meats and fish are sourced from they are offered with an understanding of their environmental and welfare implications.

We have therefore researched our sources in depth to make sure each product is only offered to you if they are part of a production system which is in keeping with the welfare and conservation policies of Kezie and the EU. We regularly visit many of the producers and have built up trusting relationships with them over the course of 25 years.

All of the meats featured on this in this site are processed in our meat plant which is certified by BRC to AA standard, and the FSA (Food Standard Agency) under licence to be acceptable in Welfare, Hygiene and Conservation.

Every product on our website details the country of origin but we have prepared an easily accessible summary below:

Exotic Meat, Game, Seafood and Traditional Meats

Species Origin Wild/Ranched/Farmed
Alpaca U.K. Farmed
Bison U.S.A. Wild/Ranched
Buffalo E.U. Farmed
Camel Australia Wild
Crocodile South Africa Farmed
Elk Sweden/Siberia Wild
Goat E.U. Farmed
Horse Uruguay/Brazil Farmed
Ibérico Pork E.U. Wild/Ranched
Kangaroo Australia Wild
Llama Chile Wild
Mouflon E.U. Wild
Ostrich South Africa Farmed (Free-Range)
Partridge E.U. Wild
Pheasant E.U. Wild
Rabbit E.U. Farmed
Reindeer Sweden/Siberia Wild
Rosé Veal E.U. Farmed (100% welfare friendly)
Springbok South Africa/Namibia Wild
Venison E.U. Wild
Wagyu Beef Australia/New Zealand Farmed
Wild Boar E.U. Wild
Woodpigeon E.U. Wild
Zebra South Africa Wild
Baby Octopus Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Farmed
Barramundi Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Farmed
Black Tiger Prawns Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Farmed
Blue Shark Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Wild
Californian Squid Pacific Ocean/USA Wild
Cape Hake Atlantic Ocean/S.A. Wild
Cape Snoek Atlantic Ocean/S.A. Wild
Greenshell Mussels New Zealand Farmed
Kingklip Atlantic Ocean/S.A. Wild
Mahi Mahi Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Wild
Marlin Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Wild
Monkfish Pacific Ocean/China Farmed
Nile Perch River Nile/Uganda Wild
Pangasuis Mekong Delta/Vietnam Farmed
Razor Clams North Sea/Scotland Farmed
Red Snapper Indian Ocean/India Wild
Scallops Pacific Ocean/USA Farmed
Swordfish Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Wild
Tilapia Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Farmed
US Monkfish Atlantic Ocean/USA Wild
Yellowfin Tuna Pacific Ocean/Vietnam Wild
Cod North Sea/U.K Wild
Haddock North Sea/U.K Wild
Hake North Sea/U.K. Wild
Mackerel North Sea/U.K. Wild
Salmon North Sea/U.K. Wild
100% Dry Chicken Argentina Farmed
Corn-fed Chicken E.U. Farmed
Cumbrian Chicken U.K. Farmed
Grass-fed Beef U.K. Farmed
Grain-fed Beef Australia Farmed
Northumberland Pork U.K. Farmed
Turkey U.K. Farmed

Cites

At Kezie we also adhere to CITES. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Widespread information nowadays about the endangered status of many prominent species, such as the tiger and elephants, might make the need for such a convention seem obvious. But at the time when the ideas for CITES were first formed, in the 1960s, international discussion of the regulation of wildlife trade for conservation purposes was something relatively new. With hindsight, the need for CITES is clear. Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.

Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs.

CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of IUCN (The World Conservation Union). The text of the Convention was finally agreed at a meeting of representatives of 80 countries in Washington DC., United States of America, on 3 March 1973,, and on 1 July 1975 CITES entered in force. The original of the Convention was deposited with the Depositary Government in the Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages, each version being equally authentic.

CITES is an international agreement to which States (countries) adhere voluntarily. States that have agreed to be bound by the Convention ('joined' CITES) are known as Parties. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – it does not take the place of national laws. Rather it provides a framework to be respected by each Party, which has to adopt its own domestic legislation to ensure that CITES is implemented at the national level. For many years CITES has been among the conservation agreements with the largest membership, with now 175 Parties.