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Five freedoms for animals


The RSPCA believes that anyone who looks after animals should try to give them the following five freedoms:

Freedom from hunger and thirst
By providing enough fresh water and the right type and amount of food to keep them fit.

Freedom from discomfort
By making sure that animals have the right type of environment including shelter and somewhere comfortable to rest.

Freedom from pain, injury and disease
By preventing them from getting ill or injured and by making sure animals are diagnosed and treated rapidly if they do.

Freedom to express normal behaviour
By making sure animals have enough space, proper facilities and the company of other animals of their own kind.

Freedom from fear and distress
By making sure their conditions and treatment avoid mental suffering.

Please note that the standard of care we recommend for animals is higher than the standard the law requires. As a result not all of the above will be enforceable by law.



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