The Five Freedoms


The Five Freedoms are based on the same principles as the Animal Welfare Act 1999, which is enforced by SPCA Inspectors in the community. They are often the first things our Inspectors look for when they visit a property after receiving an animal welfare complaint. If they find that the animals are not receiving these needs, they will try and work with the owners to help them understand their obligations and help improve the lives of the animals.  

If the situation is very serious they may need to remove the animals from the property and, in cases of abuse, proceed with a prosecution. They outline what we as animal owners and carers must provide. They are not just things we want to do for our animals, but also what we must do in order to be responsible owners.


The Five Freedoms are a set of internationally-recognised animal welfare standards. Read more about the Five Freedoms below.

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