Jeevashram is opposed to all forms of farming that causes distress or suffering or deprives animals of the opportunity to indulge in their natural behavior and believes that farming practices should provide, as nearly as possible, natural lifestyles for the animals concerned.
The welfare of animals includes its physical and mental state and Jeevashram considers that good animal welfare implies both fitness and sense of well being.
Jeevashram promotes the adoption of the five freedoms which define ideal states, which should be aimed for:
The five freedoms are:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst-by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnoses or treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animals own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment, which avoid mental suffering.
Current practices in transport and slaughter neglect these freedoms. Jeevashram strives to minimize stress in this area.
Another major crises is the presence of a large number of animals, such as cows and pigs, meant for well managed farms, on streets.
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