LSPCA's Centre for Animal Welfare .....
provides a practical skills development platform for veterinary training institutions in Malawi, and implements animal welfare education programmes alongside delivering much needed veterinary care to thousands of dogs and cats, farm animals and donkeys each year. During 2017 our donkey project aspires to provide donkey owners with the knowledge and means to use a correct cart and harness for their donkeys and by improving the welfare of donkeys, improve the livelihoods of people. We work very closely with the government of Malawi's Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development to collect and disseminate data that monitors herd health, disease prevalence and outbreaks of notifiable diseases.
Animal welfare is the well-being of animals and quality of life. The standards and guidelines on how to examine and measure animal welfare is continually reviewed. One of the guidelines LSPCA uses to assess and promote animal welfare is the Five Animal Freedoms. Originally developed in 1965 by the UK Government in response to a report on livestock husbandry, the Five Animal Freedoms are now widely used throughout the world by authorities and organisations.
The Five Animal Freedoms are:
- Freedom from Fear and Distress
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
- Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease
- Freedom from Discomfort