5 FREEDOMS

ImageAny pet owner or individual working within the animal welfare sector, aims to ensure that all animals are entitled to the 5 Freedoms.

  1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST
  2. FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY AND DISEASE
  3. FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT (providing a suitable environment)
  4. FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS
  5. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOUR

Like humans, various factors can affect the way an animal feels, both mentally and physically. The 5 Freedoms are there to remind us that we are caring for sentient beings. When next you come across an abused animal or even your own pet, take a moment to assess their quality of life. Is your pet comfortable and protected from the weather? Is he or she fed an adequate amount of food and have readily access to fresh, clean water?  Are you able to provide the necessary care should your pet become ill or injured? Do you spend time with your pet? Does your garden provide adequate space for your pet to exercise and perform natural behaviors?

The last point mentioned above brings me back to circus animals, and the very relevant issues they are facing. Being en-caged or kept in small enclosures is not normal for animals, especially wild animals. Having watched video footage taken of circus animals, the stress, fear and anxiety is clearly visible in their actions and behaviors. Elephants rocking from side to side and being chained; tigers enclosed in small cages and then having to travel long distances from town to town. Wild animals belong in the wild, please don’t support animals in circuses.

So as you can see, all animals – domestic and wild have specific needs in order to remain happy and content. When making a decision to get a pet, ensure that you are able to provide the 5 Freedoms before taking on the responsibility.

Until next time,

Jess

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