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  Pets to get their own 'rights'
Updated 28 April 2002, 15.38
Pets to get rights
British pets are set to get their own set of rights and welfare laws to keep them safe and healthy.

The new laws will mean that pet owners could get into big trouble with police if they don't give their animals food, water and proper homes.

'Five freedoms'

It's already British law for humans to have certain rights. And animal campaigners think it's now time for animals to have them too.

Fact File
Five freedoms for pets
Freedom from hunger and thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury and disease
Freedom to express normal behaviour
Freedom from fear and distress

Laws on animal welfare haven't changed much since 1911. So the RSPCA have suggested five basic 'freedoms' that should be included in new laws, which MPs will discuss on Tuesday.

At the moment owners can only be taken to court when they are caught being cruel to animals.

But under the new laws, cruelty could be prevented before it gets really bad.

So it means your goldfish could soon be demanding much more than a stone castle to swim around!

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