5 Freedoms

The 5 Freedoms for Animals are vitally important for the health of all animals

The 5 Freedoms are endorsed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and are available to learners in all 11 official South African languages.

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See the call by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) for global collaboration to make animal health and welfare a priority, for the sake of the health of all.

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Forging an understanding of the emotional, psychological and mental states of animals in our care

Global concern for the welfare of animals is increasing rapidly and with it, two important developments have recently come into being.

Firstly, the World Organisation for Animal Health has changed its acronym from OIE (based on the French version of its name) to WOAH, making the organisation more accessible internationally.

The second development is the Five Animal Domains.

While the Five Freedoms for Animals are a basic checklist of fundamental needs of animals in our care, the Five Animal Domains, on the other hand, refer to the implications of our treatment of animals in our care on their emotional, psychological and mental states of being. The essence of this development is that our care should facilitate that animals thrive and not simply survive.

01 - Nutrition

02 - Environment

03 - Health

04 - Behaviour

05 - Mental State

Breathlessness, Thirst, Pain, Nausea, Hunger, Dizziness, Sickness, Debility, Weakness, Anxiety, Fear, Helplessness, Distress

Dr Anteneh Roba

“This book is intended as a call upon the reader to take nonhuman animals seriously, as individuals, and as members of our moral community. We want to challenge the common view that animals are essentially inferior to humans.”

Dr Anteneh Roba

physician and president of the International Fund for Africa, are joint editors of Africa and her Animals, published by the UNISA Press.

Dr Rainer Ebert

“This book is intended as a call upon the reader to take nonhuman animals seriously, as individuals, and as members of our moral community. We want to challenge the common view that animals are essentially inferior to humans.”

Dr Rainer Ebert

lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dar es Salaam

Dr Magdie van Heerden

She says: “The development of empathy should be a focal point in education. It starts with the teddy bear in the cot and with the companion animals in our homes. Child welfare and animal welfare are intertwined and we cannot split the one from the other as we strive towards emotional health in our communities.”

Dr Magdie van Heerden

social worker specialising in the Human-Animal bond.

Professor Kai Horsthemke

The current model of Education, he says, “emotionally desensitizes children to the suffering of animals, reinforcing the prejudice that the value of an animal is dependent on its usefulness to man.”

Professor Kai Horsthemke

visiting lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Education and author of Animal Rights Education

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

He suggests that instead of using the term evil, we should talk about reduced or even absent empathy. “It is puzzling that in school curricula, empathy figures hardly at all… The erosion of empathy is a critical global issue of our time.”

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and author of the book The Science of Evil.

Professor Karin Murris

She suggests the focus of education be turned away from Westernised Humanism, towards Posthumanism with its understanding of the “connectivity and interdependency between all earth dwellers including human animals, other animals and nonhumans (e.g. machines).”

Professor Karin Murris

Associate Professor at the School of Education, University of Cape Town, and author of The Posthuman Child

Andreas Schleicher

He suggests that as AI (artificial intelligence) gradually takes over many of the jobs that keep us busy now, “we should cultivate in our children that special thing that sets us apart from AI, the very thing that makes us uniquely human – our capacity for empathy and creativity.” If we don’t, he says, “the world will be educating second-class robots and not first-class humans”.

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Professor Glen Albrecht

“To repair and restore this Earth is now the highest good that I can think of.” He invites everyone to step out of the current Anthropocene era (where human self-interest dominates and destroys) and become part of the Symbiocene era in which all human activity supports all life.

Professor Glen Albrecht

Geoscientist, eco-philosopher and author of Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World