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Animal welfare
Responsibility to prevent mental suffering in animals
  1. John Bradshaw
  1. School of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol BS40 5DU, e-mail: J.W.S.Bradshaw@bristol.ac.uk

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THIS month sees the 50th anniversary of the Brambell Report, a landmark in animal welfare and the foundation of the ‘Five Freedoms’, which are still widely referred to today (Webster 2005). In my recent Wooldridge memorial lecture at the BVA Congress, I outlined a case for the veterinary profession to revisit these principles, as they apply to companion animals, in the light of changes in animal welfare science over the intervening half century.

‘Freedom from pain, injury and disease’ …

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