Petition Update Jersey's outdated animal welfare law to include the 5 freedoms
Jersey's animal welfare law currently only covers animals who are being physically abused or abandoned but there are so many other ways people can cause an animal to suffer. The UK law includes the 5 freedoms which we should also employ to stop animals unnecessarily suffering.
The 5 freedoms are:
Freedom from hunger or thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury or disease
Freedom to express normal behaviour
Freedom from fear or distress
Currently an owner can keep a pet providing they offer them shelter, food and water and as long as they don't become ill this is adequate by Jersey's law. However the UK 5 freedoms ensure the animal's state of mind is cared for. Imagine a parrot with a mind of a three year old trapped in a small cage with no toys.
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