TEACHING THE 5 FREEDOMS OF ANIMAL WELFARE

TEACHING THE 5 FREEDOMS OF ANIMAL WELFARE

Posted on March 14, 2014

Teaching people how to treat animals with respect and love can be a difficult task, as years of behaviour must often be changed. However, BAWA has seen a very positive response to lessons structured around the ‘5 Freedoms of Animals Welfare’.

The 5 Freedoms listed below were included in the 2007 Animal Welfare Act, the first set of animal welfare laws passed in the UK since 1911.

Freedom from hunger and thirst

Freedom from discomfort

Freedom from pain, injury and disease

Freedom to express normal behaviour

Freedom from fear and distress.

BAWA’s education programs in schools and communities have shown time and time again that the children of Bali love their companion animals and want to take care of them to the best of their ability.

Through learning these 5 simple points, children understand how to care for their animals better and how to act when they see animals in distress. They also teach their families and communities about the proper way to care for animals.

By teaching guidelines like the 5 Freedoms, BAWA’s education programs are making a difference to the lives of animals. Not so long ago, only a few percent of daily calls to BAWA’s 24/7 emergency hotline (0811-389-004) were from Balinese people, now that figure is at 60%.

Funding for BAWA’s important education programs is an ongoing challenge, so if you would like to find out more or help us with this vital work, please email info@balianimalwelfare.com;  consider making a monthly donation as a valued Friend of Bawa; or please go to http://bawabali.com/please-donate.html. Education is the key to a better future. Thank you.

BAWA partners with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on an important education pilot program in Gianyar communities.

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