Welfare Assessment of 30 Dairy Goat Farms in the Midwestern United States
| Contributor(s):: Melissa N. Hempstead, Taylor M. Lindquist, Jan K. Shearer, Leslie C. Shearer, Vanessa M. Cave, Paul J. Plummer
Dairy goat animal welfare assessment protocols have been developed and conducted in Europe and the United Kingdom for dairy goats; however, there are no published reports of large-scale welfare assessment for dairy goats on farms in the Midwestern United States (US). Therefore, the objective...
Animal welfare and its assossiations with farm size and stockmanship characteristics on European breeding-to-finishing pig farms
| Contributor(s):: Ruckli, A. K., Dippel, S., Helmerichs, J., Hubbard, C., Munsterhjelm, C., Vermeer, H., Leeb, C.
Can stress and anxiety be assessed in African elephants (Loxodonta africana) using self-directed behaviour?
| Contributor(s):: Manning, Primrose, Hauff, Lindsey, Padfield, Clare, Olivier, Lisa, Ganswindt, Andre, Young, Debbie
Development of a welfare assessment protocol and assessment of dairy cattle welfare in Haryana and Punjab states of Northern India
| Contributor(s):: Kamboj, M. L., Kumar, C., Mahla, V.
A possible basis for personality in dogs: Individual differences in affective predispositions
| Contributor(s):: Svartberg, Kenth
Generalizability, Robustness and Replicability When Evaluating Wellbeing of Laboratory Mice with Various Methods
| Contributor(s):: Zechner, Dietmar, Schulz, Benjamin, Tang, Guanglin, Abdelrahman, Ahmed, Kumstel, Simone, Seume, Nico, Palme, Rupert, Vollmar, Brigitte
An essential basis for objectively improving the status of animals during in vivo research is the ability to measure the wellbeing of animals in a reliable and scientific manner. Several non-invasive methods such as assessing body weight, burrowing activity, nesting behavior, a distress score and...
Applying a New Proposed Welfare Assessment Protocol to Suckler Herds from Three Different Autochthonous Breeds
| Contributor(s):: Valente, Diana, Stilwell, George
The welfare of farm animals has become an increasingly important issue for society, especially for consumers of animal products. Currently, there is no standardized and validated protocol in Portugal for assessing the welfare of suckler cow herds in extensive systems. This work aims to study and...
Looking beyond the Shoal: Fish Welfare as an Individual Attribute
| Contributor(s):: Torgerson-White, Lauri, Sánchez-Suárez, Walter
Welfare is an individual attribute. In general, providing captive nonhuman animals with conditions conducive to good welfare is an idea more easily applied when dealing with few individuals. However, this becomes much harder—if not impossible—under farming conditions that may imply high numbers...
A “Good Life” for Dairy Cattle: Developing and Piloting a Framework for Assessing Positive Welfare Opportunities Based on Scientific Evidence and Farmer Expertise
| Contributor(s):: Stokes, Jessica E., Rowe, Elizabeth, Mullan, Siobhan, Pritchard, Joy C., Horler, Rachel, Haskell, Marie J., Dwyer, Cathy M., Main, David C. J.
On-farm welfare assessment tends to focus on minimising negative welfare, but providing positive welfare is important in order to give animals a good life. This study developed a positive welfare framework for dairy cows based on the existing scientific literature which has focused on developing...
The Welfare of Traveller and Gypsy Owned Horses in the UK and Ireland
| Contributor(s):: Rowland, Marie, Hudson, Neil, Connor, Melanie, Dwyer, Cathy, Coombs, Tamsin
Travellers and Gypsies are recognised ethnic groups in the UK and Ireland. Horse ownership is an important cultural tradition, however, practices associated with poor welfare are often perceived to be linked to these horse owning communities. Despite this, empirical studies on the welfare...
Challenges with Assessing and Treating Pain in Research Primates: A Focused Survey and Literature Review
| Contributor(s):: Paterson, Emilie A., Turner, Patricia V.
Research primates may undergo surgical procedures making effective pain management essential to ensure good animal welfare and unbiased scientific data. Adequate pain mitigation is dependent on whether veterinarians, technicians, researchers, and caregivers can recognize and assess pain, as...
Comparison of Some Behavioural Responses in Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) Raised in Cages Enriched with Coloured LED Lights
| Contributor(s):: Ergun, Demirel, Taskin, Atilla
This study examined the effects of exposure to coloured LED lights on some behavioural responses, food and water consumption, and live weight in budgerigars kept in captivity using behavioural tests to compare different lighting conditions. Budgerigars’ feeding, comfort, social, fear, and...
The relationships between age, fear responses, and walking ability of broiler chickens
| Contributor(s):: Rasmussen, Sigga N., Erasmus, Marisa, Riber, Anja B.
The utility of model dogs for assessing conspecific aggression in fighting dogs
| Contributor(s):: Reid, Pamela J., Cussen, Victoria A., Collins, Kristen A., Lockwood, Randall
Assistance dog selection and performance assessment methods using behavioural and physiological tools and devices
| Contributor(s):: Marcato, Marinara, Kenny, Jennifer, O’Riordan, Ruth, O’Mahony, Conor, O’Flynn, Brendan, Galvin, Paul
Assessing Preference in a Paired-Stimulus Arrangement with Captive Vultures (Aegypius Monachus)
| Contributor(s):: Slocum, Sarah K., Morris, Kristen L.
Monitoring Acute Pain in Donkeys with the Equine Utrecht University Scale for Donkeys Composite Pain Assessment (EQUUS-DONKEY-COMPASS) and the Equine Utrecht University Scale for Donkey Facial Assessment of Pain (EQUUS-DONKEY-FAP)
| Contributor(s):: Machteld C. van Dierendonck, Faith A. Burden, Karen Rickards, Johannes P.A.M. van Loon
Objective pain assessment in donkeys is of vital importance for improving welfare in a species that is considered stoic. This study presents the construction and testing of two pain scales, the Equine Utrecht University Scale for Donkey Composite Pain Assessment (EQUUS-DONKEY-COMPASS) and the...
Evaluating the Reliability of Non-Specialist Observers in the Behavioural Assessment of Semi-Captive Asian Elephant Welfare
| Contributor(s):: Jonathan L. Webb, Jennie A. H. Crawley, Martin W. Seltmann, Océane Liehrmann, Nicola Hemmings, U Kyaw Nyein, Htoo Htoo Aung, Win Htut, Virpi Lummaa, Mirkka Lahdenperä
Recognising stress is an important component in maintaining the welfare of captive animal populations, and behavioural observation provides a rapid and non-invasive method to do this. Despite substantial testing in zoo elephants, there has been relatively little interest in the application of...
Measuring Equine-Assisted Therapy: Validation and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of an ICF-Based Standardized Assessment-Tool
| Contributor(s):: Stolz, I., Anneken, V., Froböse, I.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization (WHO) was established as an international framework for monitoring rehabilitation outcomes and the impacts of health interventions since, as the term “functioning” implies,...
Animal welfare measured at mink farms in Europe
| Contributor(s):: Henriksen, Britt I. F., Møller, Steen H., Malmkvist, Jens
Although the welfare of farm mink has been debated for decades, the status at mink farms has not previously been reported. Likewise, little is known about the variation in housing conditions and animal responses between mink farms, although relevant for identifying key opportunities and...