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The Need for a Convergence of Agricultural/Laboratory and Zoo-based Approaches to Animal Welfare

By Samantha J. Ward, Geoff Hosey

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Abstract

Advances in animal welfare science have led to a high number of studies published for farm, laboratory and zoo animals, with a huge breadth of innovative topic areas and methodologies. This paper investigates the different approaches used to undertake welfare research in farm, laboratory and zoo animals due to the variety of constraints that each group brings. We also set recommendations to how groups can support each other in moving forwards to reduce animal suffering and promote a life worth living, a goal that all parties aim to achieve. We propose that researchers develop more collaborations across species, in particular to focus on the applied component of animal welfare and utilizing positive welfare indicators; facilitate knowledge transfer and share good practice worldwide; and accept small n based studies that can still be scientifically robust and provide individual-based steps into advances in our knowledge. Ultimately, we need to be progressing animal welfare science to a point beyond legislative needs, and ensure that “high animal welfare” becomes an additional mission statement for all animal-based industries.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 484-492
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2019.1678038
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Captivity
  3. Farms