Animal welfare

“The Five Freedoms:

  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 or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from Fear and Distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.”¹

Whales are telling us...

… that the oceans are warming. According to [..] more whales were seen in … than ever before because the winter ice had not reached… and the krill were denser than ever before… They are migrating – like the krill they eat.

And what's special about whales?

We still know little about them. However, as mammals, it appears they share some human characteristics – perhaps more than we have ever given them credit for. [New Scientist article on whales’ compassion]

¹ Five principles of animal welfare: National Animal Interest Alliance. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2016, from http://www.naiaonline.org/articles/article/what-is-animal-welfare-and-why-is-it-important#sthash.4eYhymhI.dpbs

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