If you are a smallholder in Scotland who has animals or livestock then read on.
Did you know?
“Any person who keeps animals, or who causes or knowingly permits animals to be kept, must not attend to them unless that person has access to all relevant Statutory Welfare Codes relating to the animals while that person is attending to them, and is acquainted with the provisions of those Codes.”
How do I get access to the welfare codes?
In order to secure a high level of welfare in livestock and other animals, various codes of recommendation and practice have been issued on the Authority of the Scottish Parliament pursuant to section 37 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
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The Five Freedoms
The five freedoms are a set of recommendations for the welfare of animals in all environments.
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst;
by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
2. Freedom from discomfort;
by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease;
by prevention and rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to express natural behaviour;
by providing space, sufficient facilities and the company of the animal’s own kind.
5. Freedom from fear and distress;
by ensuring conditions and treatment to avoid mental suffering.
“The Five Freedoms are basic ideals of welfare for farm animals, wherever the animals may be, such as at farms, markets, slaughterhouses, or in transit, and should be applied by anyone in charge of the animals or handling them. “