Submitted by Steve on 21:51, 1st Dec, 2011 | 0

The GSPCA opened the first day to advent with the news that Guernsey's animal welfare laws, including increased penalties for cruelty offences were agreed today by the states.

After much debate over nearly a decade the GSPCA were overjoyed with the news of the new legislation.  The update on the legislation covers many aspects and focuses on the five freedoms to help improve animal welfare as well as looking at ways to prevent animals from suffering.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said ‘It is long overdue and we are so pleased with the news.’  ‘We are looking forward to the implementation of the new Animal Welfare Legislation in the new year and the protection it will bring to the animals of Guernsey.’ ‘There are still aspects that need focus but this is wonderful news to start the festive season.’

See more on the BBC Guernsey website by clicking here

The five freedoms are –

  • Freedom from thirst and hunger - 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, and disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Freedom to express normal behavior - 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.



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