World Animal Protection
World Society for the Protection of Animals
“World Animal Protection insists that all animals owned by or under the care of humans should be kept in conditions appropriate to the needs of the species. Where the physiological and behavioural needs of a species cannot be met, the animals should not be captive.”
A good example of the work that World Animal Protection carries out is the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania www.ampbears.ro. They helped to build and fund the sanctuary for over 70 bears that had been kept in captivity in confined cages with inadequate diets and no veterinary care for many years. The World Animal Protection continues to support the Sanctuary with Asociatia Milioane De Prieteni, a charity that looks after the bears on a day-to-day basis and whose vision created this wonderful haven for the Bears.
Wolrd Animal Protection believes that:
- Animals have biologically determined instincts, interests and natures and can experience pain and suffering.
- Each animal has intrinsic value and it is the responsibility of humans to ensure their welfare is respected.
- Animals should live their lives free from avoidable suffering at the hands of humans.
Wolrd Animal Protection assesses the welfare of animals using the Five Freedoms (Farm Animal Welfare Council, 2003):
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Freedom to express normal behaviour
“The welfare of an animal can be described as good if the individual is fit, healthy and free from suffering”