The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) believes that an animal’s welfare, whether on farm, in transit, at market or at a place of slaughter should be considered in terms of ‘five freedoms’. These freedoms define ideal states rather than standards for acceptable welfare. They form a logical and comprehensive framework for analysis of welfare within any system together with the steps and compromises necessary to safeguard and improve welfare within the proper constraints of an effective livestock industry.
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from Discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
- Designated 501 (c)(3) non-profit, fiscal sponsor or government entity.
- Provide services in the state of Colorado.
- Proposal aligns with the mission of AAF.
- Demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, community responsibility, and non-divisive language.
- Recent PACFA license and statistics for organizations requiring a license through the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act.
- All organizations must be enrolled and reporting data to Shelter Animals Count or the Equine Welfare Data Collective, if applicable.
For more information, visit Animal Assistance Foundation.