Today the co-farmers learnt about the Five Freedoms for Animals.
The Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps meet the welfare needs of their animals. It means that anyone looking after animals must take care of their animals properly; it is designed to ensure people are proactive in their approach to care, rather than just reactive.
We began by asking the co-farmers what they thought the five freedoms are; it’s always good to find out what people know before you start teaching.
Our co-farmers had some really great ideas about what they thought the five freedoms might be; take care of them, bed, respect, walk, house, warmth, treat well, hay, food, water, tlc, friends, room. Even without knowing what the five freedoms actually are, our co-farmers have a strong understanding of what it means to look after and care for the animals.
Emma then listed the RSPCA’s 5 freedoms. We’d like to take this opportunity to comment on how neat Emma’s writing is!
The RSPCA’s Five Freedoms are:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
- Freedom from Discomfort
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
- Freedom from Fear and Distress
But what do these mean? What do people caring for animals have to do?
Emma and the co-farmers explored each freedom in detail.
By taking time to talk about each freedom, the co-farmers have a greater understanding of animal welfare and why they have to do certain things. It also means that if they encounter a situation where one or more of the five freedoms isn’t being matched they will feel confident and empowered to speak up.