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  1. Decision support system with semantic model to assess the risk of tail biting in pigs. 1. Modelling

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Hulsegge, B., Keeling, L., Blokhuis, H. J.

    Tail biting is a multifactorial problem with important welfare as well as economic consequences. Different stakeholders in the pig production chain, such as farmers, consumers and policy makers are interested in reducing the level of tail biting, because tail biting may affect productivity,...

  2. Expert consultation on weighting factors of criteria for assessing environmental enrichment materials for pigs

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Zonderland, J. J., Bleumer, E. J. B.

    EC directive 2001/93/EC states that pigs must have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material to enable proper investigation and manipulation activities. This directive requires further interpretation. In order to facilitate the further implementation of the directive into national,...

  3. Formalised review of environmental enrichment for pigs in relation to political decision making

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M., Zonderland, J. J., Lenskens, P., Schouten, W. G. P., Vermeer, H., Spoolder, H. A. M., Hendriks, H. J. M., Hopster, H.

    The EC Directive 2001/93/EC states that: "Pigs must have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material to enable proper investigation and manipulation activities, such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat or a mixture of such, which does not compromise the health of the...

  4. Physical attractiveness of an animal species as a decision factor for its preservation

    Contributor(s):: Gunnthorsdottir, A.

    This experimental study examines how framing an animal species as endangered affects its perceived attractiveness and how an animal's perceived attractiveness affects support for its conservation. Undergraduate students were shown a flyer from a fictitious environmental organization pleading for...

  5. Allowing captive marmosets to choose the size and position of their nest box

    Contributor(s):: Hosey, G. R., Jacques, M., Burton, M.

    Preferences for nest box size and position were tested in two groups of common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus jacchus). One group consisted of a mother, her two adult sons and one adult daughter, and the other comprised a breeding pair, their two adult sons and two adult daughters. In a pre-test...

  6. Evaluating a concept for an animal welfare assessment system providing decision support using qualitative interviews

    Contributor(s):: Vaarst, M.

    Qualitative interviews of farmers were carried out as part of a project focusing on developing animal welfare assessment systems (AWASs) in dairy, pig and mink production systems (26 farms in total). The aims of the interviews were to investigate farmers' perceptions and experience of how an AWAS...

  7. Mechanisms of decision-making and the interpretation of choice tests

    Contributor(s):: Bateson, M.

    Choice tests are commonly used to measure animals' preferences, and the results of such tests are used to make recommendations regarding animal husbandry. An implicit assumption underlying the majority of choice tests is that the preferences obtained are independent of the set of options...

  8. Science in the Service of Animal Welfare, UFAW Symposium, Edinburgh, UK, 2-4 April 2003

    Contributor(s):: Kirkwood, J. K., Roberts, E. A., Vickery, S.

    This paper contains 34 topics covering the assessment, ethics, policy and care of domestic, zoo, laboratory and wild animals.

  9. Pet selection counseling: finding a friend for life

    Contributor(s):: Shaw, J. K.