I read on a large animal welfare organisations website this morning about the five freedoms for animals.
Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including
shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Freedom from pain, injury and disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid
Whilst any changes that improve the welfare of animals are to be welcomed, I can’t help thinking that all the circumstances described, apply to animals that have already lost their freedom.
What do you think?