Our duty of care
Most now agree that animals have an intrinsic value and an interest in being free from suffering. It is our responsibility to ensure that we uphold the wellbeing of animals whenever our activities impact on them. This means ensuring that they have access to fresh water and a suitable diet, a suitable environment, the ability to express natural behaviours, and to be protected from suffering, fear, distress, pain, injury, and disease.
People who interact with animals should have the skills and knowledge needed to best provide for the animals in their care.
Our duty of care includes:
- Individuals who own or use animals:
- Appropriately catering for their needs and preventing suffering;
- Being aware of the relevant laws and guidelines governing animal welfare for each species;
- Ensuring that animals do not impact negatively on other animals or humans.
- Industry groups:
- Encouraging standards of best practice in their members;
- Participating in research aimed at improving animal welfare;
- Participating in the development of animal use guidelines.
- Maintaining standards of welfare in their jurisdictions through development and enforcement of legislation;
- Promoting high standards of welfare in trade;
- Developing animal welfare strategies, across local, state and national levels;
- Promoting animal welfare related research.
- Animal welfare organisations:
- Raising awareness of animal welfare issues and encouraging best practice;
- Encouraging research in animal welfare areas;
- Participating in the development of animal use guidelines;
- Enforcing animal welfare legislation, such as the RSPCA Inspectorate.