Short one this week. As much as we love our pets, not all animals have it as good as our little sweetie’s. Some have it very bad which sucks. It’s lovely to read rescue adoption stories and see animals get a second chance at happiness (they needn’t need a second chance, they should be loved right the first time).
The UK has the best animal welfare laws in the world, but even our laws do very little to help animals that really need it, without hard evidence. There are the 5 Freedom’s that were originally written by farmers for livestock, but have since been applied to domestic animals too. I have also realised that not many people have actually heard of the 5 Freedom’s – so this is merely an informative post to share what the 5 Freedom’s are and what they mean.
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst – fresh water readily available at all times, and a diet to maintain a healthy vigour
2. Freedom from discomfort – providing a suitable environment, including shelter and a comfortable area to rest
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease – by prevention, or rapid diagnosis and treatment
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour – by providing sufficient space and proper facilities, and the company of the animal’s own kind (suitable socialisation)
5. Freedom from fear and distress – ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
I firmly believe in providing animals with the highest standard of care and good welfare that is possible. These are a good starting point.