Animal welfare is always at the forefront of what we do here at HG Blake. Every effort is made to ensure that animals are comfortable and free from stress throughout the procurement process. All our staff who deal directly with the animals are highly trained in welfare and handling techniques, with our housing and handling facilities designed to maximise animal comfort and reduce stress.
The Five Freedoms
As part of our welfare protocol HG Blake subscribes to the ‘Five Freedoms’ – a set of ideals laid out in a 1965 UK government report, which has since been adopted by animal rights organisations worldwide.
1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST
By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
2. FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT
By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE
By prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOUR
By providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
5. FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS
By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
Significant effort has been made to ensure our lairages are a comfortable environment for the stock in our care. Each animal is checked by an FSA certified vet to ensure that they are in good health prior to processing. Our handling facilities have been designed with the express purpose of maximising animal welfare. We aim to provide a comfortable environment for the livestock whilst they are in our care. Featuring fresh straw bedding, our lairages are well lit and ventilated, and we provide fresh water and hay.