Tri-County Humane Society endorses THE FIVE FREEDOMS:
1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER OR THIRST
by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
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 BEHAVIOR
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.
The Five Freedoms are a compact of rights for animals under human control, including those intended for food or which act as working animals. The Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Committee was created to monitor the livestock production sector. In July 1979, this was replaced by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, and by the end of that year, the Five Freedoms had been codified into the recognizable list format.