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Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 01:14PM EST
The Five Freedoms
Developed in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are widely considered by groups such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as the foundation of humane treatment.
  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst:  ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
  • Freedom from Discomfort:  providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease:  prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior:  providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress:  ensuring conditions and treatment, which avoid mental suffering.

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