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Farm Animal Welfare in Great Britain: Past Present and Future
Farm Animal Welfare in Great Britain: Past Present and Future


In October 2009 the Farm animal welfare council (FAWC) published a new report about the effectiveness of British policy on farm animal welfare since 1965, and looks forward over the next twenty years.


The report aims to put animal welfare ‘beyond the Five Freedoms’ and states that every animal at least should have the right to live ‘a life worth living’. It is classifying an animal ‘s quality of life in three categories: ‘a life not worth living, a life worth living and a good life’. For a good life all vital and mental needs and most wants have to be fulfilled. Welfare assessment should record both the positive and the negative experiences of farm animals. ”Iceberg” indicators of welfare have to be developed, i.e. key indicators that reflect good and poor welfare at various times over an animal’s life.

The report gives recommendations to the government and for commercial policies which they feel will realise the improvements in welfare of farm animals in the next twenty years. Complete report.