Learn about Agriculture

What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised?

snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.

Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics below.

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Animal Welfare or Rights

Animal Welfare or Rights

What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare? Did you know there are “Five Freedoms” for animal welfare that are recognized worldwide?

What is the difference between welfare and rights?

Animal welfare is the humane treatment of animals. Most people believe in principles of animal welfare; humans have a right to use animals, but also a responsibility to treat them humanely. Animal rights activists believe that humans have the same rights as humans, and that humans shouldn’t use animals in any way, whether for research purposes, or as food, clothing, entertainment, medicine – or sometimes, even as pets.

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare! 

The “Five Freedoms” are recognized worldwide to describe the welfare needs of animals cared for by humans. An animal’s welfare needs can be met by providing:

  1. Freedom from hunger, malnutrition, and thirst
  2. Freedom from fear and distress
  3. Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort
  4. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  5. Freedom to express normal patterns of behavior

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