(Page updated June 2008)
The following ARTICLES emphasise welfare issues important in the care and management particularly of horses, with some on cats.
They endorse theFIVE FREEDOMS intrinsic to any animal welfare legislation and outlined in the proposed Universal Declaration for the Welfare of Animals.
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
Freedom from pain, injury and disease: by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of animals' own kind.
They also endorse the RSPCA Australia Animals Charter, in particular that "Animals have an intrinsic value of their own and, accordingly, must be considered to possess the right to live in a way which enables them to have a positive life and to develop and enjoy their inherent qualities". In other words, even the most domesticated companion animals have the right to exist for themselves, in their own space and according to their natural behaviour.
--- Dogs in utes ---
Many thousands of dogs have been injured or killed as a result of travelling unrestrained in the back of utes, also they cause accidents to other road users trying to avoid them if they fall. In Queensland it is an offence under both the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 and the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 1999 to allow dogs to travel unrestrained in the back of utes, one-tonners, tray backs or trucks. They must be either tethered or caged. If tethered, secure the dog by a well-fitting collar to a point midway along the back of the cabin. There must be sufficient lead to permit the dog to move and lie down normally. Ensure protection from wind, dust, sun and hot metal floors. Allow adequate stops for water during long journeys.
Overview plus specific sections on the cat-human bond and horse-human bond
Indoor vs outdoor cats with emphasis on environmental enrichment New!
The truth about cats and wildlife Updated!
Cat welfare: the indoor outdoor cats debate
Cat welfare: collars and bells
Horse slaughter and horsemeat: the facts
As the title says, just the facts. Not graphic.
Horse welfare legislation in Australia
Horse terminology, points, colours, brands, markings
Horse care and management for beginners New!
Horse welfare: thermoregulation, rugs and rugging, overrugging
Horse welfare: paddocking, stabling, stable vices Updated!
Horse welfare: behaviour and intelligence
Horse welfare: breaking-in, restraint, tack and gear
Horse welfare: breeding and foaling practices
Horse welfare: nutrition and feeding
Horse welfare: transport and floating
Horse conformation and soundness
The horse in sickness and in health Updated!
Horse: Skin conditions and external parasites
Care and feeding of horses in poor condition New!
Laminitis and founder in horses New!
Horse welfare: worms and parasites
Foals: handling and care
Note: Orphan foals are dealt with under Practical Feeding in the Nutrition section.
Horse breeds of Australia
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