These codes, which have the approval of Parliament, take account of five basic needs: (1) freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition; (2) appropriate comfort and shelter; (3) the prevention, or rapid diagnosis and treatment of injury, disease or infestation; (4) freedom from fear; (5) freedom to display most normal patterns of behaviour. Good stockmanship is a key factor in farm animal welfare, and these codes are essential reading for every stockman, since failure to observe their provisions might be relied upon by the prosecution as tending to establish guilt in any proceedings brought under Section1 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968.
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