I am currently digging out information on beef production system as a part of my research and came across this animal welfare act on Defra website:
What does the Animal Welfare Act do?
It makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met.
These include the need:
- For a suitable environment (place to live)
- For a suitable diet
- To exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- To be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
- To be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease
The law also increases to 16 the minimum age at which a person can buy an animal and prohibits giving animals as prizes to unaccompanied children under this age.
Anyone who is cruel to an animal, or does not provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison.
To be on a cynical note, yes, it sounds ridiculous that so much care is given to animals while there are people dying out of hunger and poverty – but on a more rational side, with sustainable development way of thinking adopted, and for the fact that we are here on this earth as a vicegerents, whose job is to take care of the earth and those living on it, and who are supposed to be the mercy to the whole universe (which means not just the survival of us human beings) – I think this is part of fulfilling that responsibility.
Way to go.