ANIMAL
WELFARE
A sector commitment
and the 5 freedoms
Bienestar Animal
UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL WELFARE
In short, the words “animal welfare” are understood to mean better and more equitable animal breeding, avoiding the unnecessary suffering of farm animals and pets.

To give a few examples, the range of issues covers local commitment to stray animals, responsibility of industrial livestock production, the obligation for household pets to be vaccinated, the way animals live in zoos or on farms, etc.

However, focusing on livestock, animal welfare fights to ensure that farm animals do not suffer, that their living conditions are improved and that their death, when they have to be slaughtered, is painless.

Nowadays, animal welfare is one of the main concerns for both society and those who make a living from livestock or their distribution. It is a fundamental part of the global commitment to sustainability and the future of the planet we inhabit.
Although animal rights is nothing new in history, the concept of animal welfare, as we understand it today, is down to the activist, Ruth Harrison, who raised concern about the treatment of animals in industry in the middle of the past century in the United Kingdom.

Her book, “Animal Machines” led to the creation of the animal welfare concept and the so-called five freedoms for animals which are the responsibility of man:
THE PRINCIPLE
OF THE
5 FREEDOMS

FREEDOM 01

“Freedom from
hunger, malnutrition
and thirst”

FREEDOM 02

“Freedom from fear
and distress”

FREEDOM 03

“Freedom from heat
stress or physical discomfort”

FREEDOM 04

“Freedom from injury
and disease”

FREEDOM 05

“Freedom to express normal
patterns of behaviour”
5 freedoms

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