Five freedoms

Which Animals? 

We are concerned and engaged with improving the lives of animals in our care, this includes farm animals, animals in zoological collections, animals in sport, animals used for scientific research, companion animals and wild animals.

We believe that all animals should, at the least, be cared for in such a way that meets the five freedoms.


Five freedoms

Freedom from hunger and thirst: Access to fresh water and diet for full health and vigour

Freedom from discomfort: an appropriate environment with shelter and comfortable rest area

Freedom from pain, injury and disease: prevention or rapid treatment

Freedom from fear and distress: conditions and treatment, which avoid mental suffering

Freedom to express normal behaviour: adequate space and facilities, company of animal’s own kind.

(European Commission (2007). Animal Welfare Factsheet. Director-General for Health and Consumer Protection)