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06 March 2013

A more democratic animal welfare policy

Even among the experts who dont question our right to use and kill animals, there is disagreement over what animal welfare actually means. With the government calling for a review of animal welfare standards, we need to develop a clearer idea of what matters for an animal’s welfare. For some experts, animal welfare refers to an animal’s ability to cope with its environment. Coping is assessed with reference to a range of physiological, behavioural and immunological factors. For other experts, an animal’s welfare is good if it has pleasant feelings (or at least the absence of aversive feelings). To grade welfare this way we need to answer important questions such as whether animals always feel bad in confinement which stops them engaging in natural behaviours.
Author/Organization: The Conversation - John Hadley
Year: 2013
Where: Australia
Topics: animal welfare/general concepts