The Five Freedoms for Poultry
The five freedoms are a set of recommendations for the welfare of laying hens and other poultry. They apply to all poultry 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, like livestock and poultry, 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. The Freedoms make good common sense and are broad enough to apply to all farm animals anywhere in the world.