The Five Welfare Needs


  1. Somewhere suitable to live
  2. A proper diet, including fresh water
  3. The ability to express normal behaviour
  4. Any need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals
  5. Protection from, and treatment of, illness and injury


This is a very important point of interest as I realised after reading in the Veterinary Times that the annual PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report has highlighted a worrying drop in welfare needs awareness. One of the key findings included only 7% of children having heard of these five welfare needs.

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