The Five Freedoms

The Animal Welfare Act states that all animals are entitled to:

Freedom from hunger and thirst: by providing enough fresh water and the right type and amount of food to keep them fit.

Freedom from discomfort: by making sure that animals have the right type of environment, including shelter and somewhere comfortable to rest.

Freedom from pain, injury and disease: by preventing them from getting ill or injured and by making sure animals are diagnosed and treated rapidly if they do.

Freedom to behave normally: by making sure animals have enough space, proper facilities and the company of other animals of their own kind.

Freedom from fear and distress: by making sure their conditions and treatment avoid mental suffering.

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3 thoughts on “The Five Freedoms

    • I think these five freedoms should be advertised much more widely, to begin with at auctions and sales so that people who buy an animal are immediately confronted with them. Of course they are still open to interpretation, but at least it would help to make people aware of the fact that you have responsiblities as an owner.

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