Jersey has a code of practice for the welfare of companion and exotic species especially those kept or sold through pet shops.
The code is intended to ensure the welfare of animals and to encourage those responsible for looking after these animals to adopt the highest standards of husbandry.
5 basic needs
The code of practice takes account of 5 basic needs, known as the ‘5 Freedoms’. The ‘5 Freedoms’ are:
- freedom from hunger and thirst
- freedom from discomfort
- freedom from pain, injury or disease
- freedom to express normal behaviour
- freedom from fear or distress
The code sets out additional guidelines in specific areas such as:
- cages including temperature, space, ventilation, bedding
- disease management
- handling and hygiene
- breeding and acclimatisation
Jersey Code of Practice for the welfare of companion and exotic species sold commercially