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The Five Freedoms is a core concept in animal welfare that originated in a UK government report in 1965 and was then refined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council. It states that an animal’s primary welfare needs can be met by safeguarding the following five freedoms:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
The Five Freedoms is a concept that is frequently referenced by animal welfare professionals around the world, especially in relation to farm animal care.
Thank you for taking action to support Bill S-203, which would ban the import, export, public display, live capture and captive breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada. If passed, this Bill will create much-needed protections for these animals and put to rest the cruel practice of cetacean captivity.
Here is a sample form letter you can use to model your email to the Senate:
Bill S-203 is an important Bill that would ban the import, export, public display, live capture and captive breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada. If passed, this Bill will create much-needed protections for these animals and put to rest the cruel practice of cetacean captivity.
These self-aware, social and intelligent creatures are being kept in confined, isolated conditions in Canada, and Bill S-203 would end that. Bill S-203 does not threaten indigenous rights and freedoms, which are protected under the Constitution. The Bill can be easily amended to clarify it does not derogate any rights in relation to carved narwhal tusks or other products. Contrary to what some have said, cetaceans can still be rescued and rehabilitated in Canada under Bill S-203. These crucial activities would not be curbed in any way. Note that the Whale Sanctuary Project is considering sites in Nova Scotia and British Columbia for retiring cetaceans, which would give them a home that meets all of the accepted benchmarks of animal welfare, including the Five Freedoms and the Five Domains.
The objectives of research, rescue and rehabilitation, Aboriginal trade and public education that are so important to Canadians can continue to be met without keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises captive in aquarium holding tanks.
Please send Bill S-203 to Third Reading in the Senate. It is what Canadians want.
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Linda Barber, Ottawa ON
Tara Hellewell, Red Deer AB
Amber Mack, Red Deer AB
Dianna Flannery, Hamilton ON
Miranda Jordan-Smith, Edmonton AB, Vice Chair
Melissa Devlin Parker, Red Deer AB
Anne Sutherland, Toronto ON
Charlene Weiss, Edmonton AB
Dayna Desmarais, Ottawa ON
Jennifer Rose, Ottawa ON
Peggie Pelosi, Toronto ON
Dr. Jane Young, Bracebridge ON, Chair
Deanna Thompson, Rocky View AB
Carrie Fritz, Okotoks AB
Sue Norton, Ottawa ON
Cheryl Albuquerque, Toronto ON
Shannon Giust, Ottawa, ON
Liz Torleé, Toronto ON
Judith Goldberg, Richmond Hill ON
Sharon Campbell-Rayment, Kent Bridge ON
Carissa MacLennan, Toronto ON
Genevieve Cavanagh, Ottawa ON
Marta Etynkowski, Toronto ON
Nancy Penrose, Brighton ON