5 Freedoms Every Reptile Needs
In a recent article, our friends at Reptiles Magazine highlighted freedoms that all our reptile friends deserve. The article discusses the importance of five things that ensure the well-being of reptiles and other animals, as recommended by the UK’s Farm Animal Welfare Council.
The history behind the five freedoms
In 1965 the government of the UK commissioned an investigation into the welfare of intensively farmed animals. Results of the Farm Animal Welfare Council report led to guidelines for animals. The guidelines were that all animals should have the right to stand up, lie down, turn around, groom themselves, and stretch their limbs.
More than 50 years later, five “ideal” states for all captive animals have evolved into five freedoms. Initially, these guidelines were created for farm animals but have become a comprehensive framework for animal welfare across species used by government organizations worldwide.
The Five Freedoms
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst – They should have access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from Discomfort – They should be provided with an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury, or Disease – They should have preventive care and rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behavior – They should have sufficient space, proper facilities, and the company of the animal’s kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress – They should be ensured conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering.
For their health, all reptiles must have sufficient enclosure space.
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