Saturday, February 18, 2012

The 5 Freedoms: Basic rights for animals

Basic rights for animals.
The five freedoms as currently expressed are:
  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper faciltiies and company of the animal's own kind
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

The five freedoms, sometimes known as Brambell's five freedoms, are a compact of rights for animals under human control, including those intended for food or which act as working animals. The five freedoms were originally developed from a UK Government report on livestock husbandry in 1965. The five freedoms are used as the basis for the actions of professional groups, including vets and have been adopted by representative groups internationally including the World Organisation for Animal Health and Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In Alberta: (Calls to this organization have not been returned, as of yet. Will update if they do.)
From Alberta Farm Animal Care:
AFAC Board Members
  • Alberta Auction Markets Association
  • Alberta Beef Producers
  • Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association
  • Alberta Chicken Producers
  • Alberta Egg Producers
  • Alberta Elk Commission
  • Alberta Equestrian Federation
  • Alberta Hatching Egg Producers
  • Alberta Lamb Producers
  • Alberta Milk
  • Alberta Pork
  • Alberta Turkey Producers
  • Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine
  • Western Stock Growers Association
  • Wild Rose Agricultural Producers
  • Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
AFAC Active Members
  • Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies
  • Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association (Directors at Large on AFAC Board)
  • Alberta Poultry Hatchery Association
  • Bison Producers of Alberta
  • Canada/Alberta Livestock Research Trust Inc.
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
  • Edmonton Northlands
  • Feeder Association of Alberta Ltd.
  • Horse Racing Alberta
  • Lakeland College, Agricultural Science
  • North American Equine Ranching Information Council
  • Olds College, School of Animal Science
  • University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine (Directors at Large on AFAC Board)
AFAC Associate Members
Alberta veterinarians, colleges, food companies, meat processors, agribusinesses and individuals also support AFAC.

Alberta Livestock Protection System (ALPS)
SPCA PhotoThe Alberta Livestock Protection Network (ALPN) was created in direct response to growing public and producer concern for an effective, accountable and coordinated province-wide program targeting animal care. ALPN is a partnership of AFAC, Alberta SPCA and Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development.
The Laws & Regulations - Animal Protection Legislation
Report on Animal Welfare Law in Canada
The Report on Animal Welfare Law in Canada (Jun 04) focuses on legislation that effects livestock welfare. The report illustrates how livestock welfare enforcement is conducted throughout Canada. Content includes:
  • Federal Legislation
  • Use of Criminal Code
  • Provinces without Provincial Welfare Acts
  • How Animal Protection is Enforced
  • Funding of Enforcement
  • Enforcement Stats
  • Provincial Animal Protection Legislation
The series was featured in Livestock Welfare INSIGHTS.
Other Resources