Thank you to everyone who is empathic towards animals, and interested in our animal welfare policy. Kindifarm provides a high level of animal welfare that goes beyond the 5 freedoms, and ensures our animals have an enjoyable and purposeful life. (http://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2017/01/the-five-domains-model-aims-to-help.html) It is our belief that humans can learn empathy and create a better future, by spending time with animals.
The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare state that domestic animals should live a life free from pain, injury and disease, free from discomfort, free from hunger and thirst, free from fear and distress, a life where they have the freedom to behave as they would in the wild.
1. Good nutrition: Appropriate consumption of nutritious foods as a pleasurable experience. Food and water is available at all times. The piglet loves to make a mess when visiting, but we ensure food and water is given throughout the day.
2. Good environment: Enough space and variety of environment available so each animal has choices that ensure comfort. Rabbits and guinea pigs are handled in snuggle sacks on visits. This keeps them comfortable and feeling safe, with a place to hide at all times. It means they are only picked up by experienced Kindifarm handlers, and have their feet on a surface at all times. Animal interaction is supervised at all times. Animals are kept separated from children when they are not being held or hand fed. Shade is available on all visits. Shade, shelter, and comfortable resting areas are provided for all species at our farm.
3. Good health: Our local mobile specialist vet visits Kindifarm weekly to check on all our animals. Kindifarm animals are vaccinated and wormed as per the requirements for their species. Our local vets clinics are experienced with farm animals and provide clinic facilities when they are required.
4. Appropriate behaviour: Animals are housed on our farm in groups with their own species. Each paddock and enclosure very adequately meets government regulations. Our sheep and goats come running to the farm gate every day when they see us. They enjoy children feeding them. They have a busy active life, with plenty of time to play and to rest.
5. Positive mental experiences: Kindifarm animals experience comfort, pleasure, interest and confidence. Our pen design allows the animals to retreat from children at any time. Behaviour is managed using positive reinforcement and food rewards.
These welfare standards are upheld by:
Anderson, Benne, Bloomsmith, Maple 2002, ‘Retreat space and human visitor density moderate undesirable behaviour in petting zoo animals’, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 125-137.
Csatadi, Kustos, Eiben, Bilko, Altbacker 2005, ‘Even minimal human contact linked to nursing reduces fear responses toward humans in rabbits’, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Vol. 95, pp. 123 – 128.
Hemsworth, Barnett, 1992, ‘The effects of early contact with humans on the subsequent level of fear of humans in pigs’, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Vol. 35, pp. 83 – 90.
Jordan, Luzi, Verga, Stuhec 2006, ‘Environmental enrichment in growing rabbits’, Recent advances in Rabbit Sciences, pp. 113 – 119.
Kidd, A, Kidd, R, Zaslof, R 1995, ‘Developmental factors and positive attitudes towards zoo animals’, Psychological Reports, Vol. 76, pp. 71 – 81.
Rushen, Taylor, Passille 1999. ‘Domestic animals’ fear of humans and its effect on their welfare’, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 285 – 303.
Download our study showing the positive Effects of Increased Handling on Behaviour in rabbits.