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  1. The Potential of Understory Production Systems to Improve Laying Hen Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Yan, Shaocong, Yang, Chenyujing, Zhu, Lei, Xue, Yongji

    The welfare of laying hens in cage systems is of increasing concern. Represented by the European Union’s ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative, more and more countries have advocated cage-free farming. China, an important country for poultry farming and consumption in the world, is...

  2. Farmyard Animal or Best Friend? Exploring Predictors of Dog vs. Pig Pet Speciesism

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Gradidge, Magdalena Zawisza, Annelie J. Harvey, Daragh T. McDermott

    Despite dogs’ and pigs’ shared similarities, previous research indicates people favor dogs over pigs (known as “pet speciesism”). While pet speciesism has been empirically sup-ported, little is known about its predictors. This gap in the literature is problematic as...

  3. 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)

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    | 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...

  4. Management Practices and Production Constraints of Indigenous Somali Cattle Breed in Shabelle Zone, Somali Regional State, Ethiopia

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    | Contributor(s):: Abdihakim Ma’alin, Kawnin Abdimahad, Guled Hassen, Abdulahi Mahamed, Mahamed Hassen

    This study was conducted in Shabelle zone of Somali Regional State to assess management practices and production constraints of indigenous Somali Cattle. A total of 200 household heads were selected from four cattle potential districts; Dhanan, Ber’ano, Godey & Adadle. The relevant...

  5. Smart Technologies Lead to Smart Answers? On the Claim of Smart Sensing Technologies to Tackle Animal Related Societal Concerns in Europe Over Current Pig Husbandry Systems

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    | Contributor(s):: Mona F. Giersberg, Franck L. B. Meijboom

    Current pig production systems in Europe are subject to public criticism. At the same time, Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies, which allow for automated animal monitoring are entering commercial pig farms.With their claim of improving animal health and welfare, these innovations...

  6. The Process of Coming and Going in this World: Conversation About Interspecies Collaboration, Domestication, Sound

    | Contributor(s):: Burke, Ruth K., Landau, Jessica

  7. Toward Human-Carnivore Coexistence: Understanding Tolerance for Tigers in Bangladesh

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    | Contributor(s):: Chloe Inskip, Neil Carter, Shawn Riley, Thomas Roberts, Douglas MacMillan

    Fostering local community tolerance for endangered carnivores, such as tigers (Panthera tigris), is a core component of many conservation strategies. Identification of antecedents of tolerance will facilitate the development of effective tolerance-building conservation action and secure...

  8. Turning science into policy: The case of farm animal welfare in Canada

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    | Contributor(s):: David Fraser

    Development of farm animal welfare standards in Canada has evolved significantly over 35 yr in terms of process, leadership, and the role of science. Key elements of the current process include: 1) influential producers and producer organizations that see the benefit of having...

  9. Assessing the Social and Psychological Impacts of Endemic Animal Disease Amongst Farmers

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    | Contributor(s):: Delyth Crimes, Gareth Enticott

    Outbreaks of exotic animal disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) are associated with social and psychological impacts amongst farmers. Whilst claims of similar impacts for endemic diseases have been made, there is little empirical evidence to justify these assertions. This paper...

  10. Duties to Socialise with Domesticated Animals: Farmed Animal Sanctuaries as Frontiers of Friendship

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    | Contributor(s):: Guy Scotton

    I argue that humans have a duty to socialise with domesticated animals, especially members of farmed animal species: to make efforts to include them in our social lives in circumstances that make friendships possible. Put another way, domesticated animals have a claim to opportunities to...

  11. Review: Management of livestock behavior to improve welfare and production

    | Contributor(s):: Orihuela, A.

  12. Aggregating animal welfare indicators: can it be done in a transparent and ethically robust way?

    | Contributor(s):: Sandoe, P., Corr, S. A., Lund, T. B., Forkman, B.

  13. Farm membership of voluntary welfare schemes results in better compliance with animal welfare legislation in Great Britain

    | Contributor(s):: Clark, C. C. A., Crump, R., KilBride, A. L., Green, L. E.

  14. Factors influencing the attitude of equestrians towards sport horse welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Ikinger, C., Spiller, A., Kayser, M.

  15. Attitudes of veterinary students in Croatia toward farm animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Ostovic, M., Mesic, Z., Mikus, T., Matkovic, K., Pavicic, Z.

  16. Using technology to monitor and improve zoo animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Whitham, J. C., Miller, L. J.

  17. Restricting the ability of sows to move: a source of concern for some Brazilians

    | Contributor(s):: Yunes, M. C., von Keyserlingk, M. A. G., Hotzel, M. J.

  18. The Role of Tryptophan-Kynurenine in Feather Pecking in Domestic Chicken Lines

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    | Contributor(s):: Patrick Birkl, Jacqueline Chow, Paul Forsythe, Johanna M. Gostner, Joergen B. Kjaer, Wolfgang A. Kunze, Peter McBride, Dietmar Fuchs, Alexandra Harlander-Matauschek

    Research into the role of tryptophan (TRP) breakdown away from the serotonergic to the kynurenine (KYN) pathway by stimulating the brain-endocrine-immune axis system interaction has brought new insight into potential etiologies of certain human behavioral and mental disorders. TRP is involved...

  19. Integrated value-chain and risk assessment of Pig-Related Zoonoses in Ghana

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    | Contributor(s):: Ayodele O. Majekodunmi, Henry Ofosu Addo, Husein Bagulo, Langbong Bimi

    The marked increase in the pig-trade in Ghana has raised concerns about increased transmission of related zoonotic diseases. A study on pig-related zoonoses along the pork valuechain was conducted in Greater Accra and Upper East Regions of Ghana. Results showed significant taenia (60%) and...

  20. Goat Yoga: Preliminary Implications for Health, Agriculture, and 4-H

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura E. Balis, Chance Marshall, Alix Malcolm, Samantha M. Hardin

    Goat yoga, an event that combines yoga and interactions with goats, may serve as a cross-initiative program that can promote both health and agriculture. This article describes the potential impact of goat yoga and the results of a pilot program. Adult attendees of the pilot event completed a...