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  1. Escaping the gilded cage: Could COVID-19 lead to improved equine welfare? A review of the literature

    Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, Jo, Furtado, Tamzin

  2. Husbandry Practices, Health, and Welfare Status of Organic Broilers in France

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    | Contributor(s):: Rozenn Souillard, Jean-Michel Répérant, Catherine Experton, Adeline Huneau-Salaun, Jenna Coton, Loïc Balaine, Sophie Le Bouquin

    Organic poultry production has increased sharply with growing consumer demand in the context of sustainable development. A study was conducted in 85 organic broiler flocks between 2014 and 2015 to describe the husbandry practices and the health and welfare status of organic broilers in France,...

  3. Aromatic Profile, Physicochemical and Sensory Traits of Dry-Fermented Sausages Produced without Nitrites Using Pork from Krškopolje Pig Reared in Organic and Conventional Husbandry

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    | Contributor(s):: Martin Škrlep, Marjeta Cˇ andek-Potokar, Nina Batorek-Lukac, Urška Tomažin, Mónica Flores

    Dry-fermented sausages were produced in a traditional way, without addition of nitrites and starter cultures, from meat of an autochthonous breed (Krškopolje pig) raised either in a conventional indoor or organic husbandry system. Physicochemical and sensory analyses were performed at...

  4. Comparison of Vocalization Patterns in Piglets Which Were Crushed to Those Which Underwent Human Restraint

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    | Contributor(s):: Nichole M. Chapel, Jeffrey R. Lucas, Scott Radcliffe, Kara R. Stewart, Donald C. Lay Jr.

    : Though many studies focused on piglet crushing utilizing piglet vocalizations to test sow response, none have verified the properties of test vocalizations against actual crushing events. Ten sows were observed 48 h after parturition, and crushing events were recorded from all sows. When a...

  5. The 3Rs and Humane Experimental Technique: Implementing Change

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert C. Hubrecht, Elizabeth Carter

    In 1959, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Scholars Russell & Burch published the Principles of Humane Experimental Technique in which they laid out the principles of the Three Rs. However, the Three Rs owed much to others. It was UFAW and, in particular, UFAW’s...

  6. The Status of Pet Rabbit Breeding and Online Sales in the UK: A Glimpse into an Otherwise Elusive Industry

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    | Contributor(s):: Emma M. Gosling, Jorge A. Vázquez-Diosdado, Naomi D. Harvey

    Conditions of pet rabbit breeding colonies and breeder practices are undocumented and very little is known about the pet rabbit sales market. Here, multiple methods were employed to investigate this sector of the UK pet industry. A freedom of information request sent to 10% of councils revealed...

  7. Horse Husbandry and Preventive Health Practices in Australia: An Online Survey of Horse Guardians

    | Contributor(s):: Thompson, Kirrilly R., Clarkson, Larissa, Riley, Christopher B., Berg, Mariette van den

    Little is known about the horse health management practices of Australian horse caregivers (owners). This article presents findings from a convenience sample of 505 horse owners who participated in an online survey. No large-scale welfare issues were identified, but there were some areas of...

  8. Activity Budgets of Captive Cape Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus) Under a Training Regime

    | Contributor(s):: Wierucka, Kaja, Siemianowska, Sonia, Woźniak, Marta, Jasnosz, Katarzyna, Kieliszczyk, Magdalena, Kozak, Paulina, Sergiel, Agnieszka

    Ethograms and time budgets are crucial for the behavioral assessment of nonhuman animals in zoos, and they serve as references for welfare research. This study was conducted to obtain detailed time budgets of trained Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus) in captivity, to evaluate variations of...

  9. Attitudes of Dutch Citizens toward Sow Husbandry with Regard to Animals, Humans, and the Environment

    | Contributor(s):: Bergstra, Tamara, Hogeveen, Henk, Kuiper, W. Erno, Lansink, Alfons G. J. M. Oude, Stassen, Elsbeth N.

    The pig industry is struggling with negative attitudes of people toward sow husbandry. To be able to respond to these attitudes, the pig industry first has to understand people’s attitudes. The first objective of this study was to determine the attitudes of Dutch people toward sow husbandry with...

  10. Management practices associated with owner-reported stable-related and handling behaviour problems in UK leisure horses

    | Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, Jo, Creighton, Emma

    Stable-related and handling behaviour problems are highly prevalent in UK leisure horses. Associations between routine management practices and behaviour problems have been identified in racehorses and performance horses but it is unknown whether these practices are also associated with behaviour...

  11. Individual and environmental factors associated with stereotypic behavior and fecal glucocorticoid metabolite levels in zoo housed polar bears

    | Contributor(s):: Shepherdson, David, Lewis, Karen D., Carlstead, Kathy, Bauman, Joan, Perrin, Nancy

    Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are known to exhibit repetitive pacing behaviors, usually described as stereotypic, in zoo environments. However, little quantitative information exists about the prevalence of pacing in the zoo population. Similarly, large, multi-institutional studies conducted to...

  12. The effects of predictability in daily husbandry routines on captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

    | Contributor(s):: Gottlieb, Daniel H., Coleman, Kristine, McCowan, Brenda

    Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) housed indoors experience many routine husbandry activities on a daily basis. The anticipation of these events can lead to stress, regardless of whether the events themselves are positive or aversive in nature. The specific goal of this study was to identify...

  13. Long-term stability of Avoidance Distance tests for on-farm assessment of dairy cow relationship to humans in alpine traditional husbandry systems

    | Contributor(s):: Battini, Monica, Andreoli, Elena, Barbieri, Sara, Mattiello, Silvana

    The present study investigates the long-term stability of two behaviour tests used to evaluate the human–animal relationship as well as gather information to refine on-farm welfare assessment protocols in alpine husbandry systems. Two tests, Avoidance Distance (AD) and Avoidance Distance at the...

  14. Aversiveness of husbandry procedures for pre-weaned foals: A comparison using behavioural and physiological indices

    | Contributor(s):: Górecka-Bruzda, Aleksandra, Jaworski, Zbigniew, Suwała, Mira, Sobczyńska, Magdalena, Jastrzębska, Ewa, Ogłuszka, Magdalena, Sankey, Carol, Boroń, Marlena, Jezierski, Tadeusz

    Husbandry procedures are necessary for different purposes in horse breeding. The aim of the present study was to assess the aversiveness and effects on the horse-human relationship of a range of common husbandry procedures, in pre-weaned non-habituated Konik polski foals. Our measures included...

  15. Self-administration by consumption of flunixin in feed alleviates the pain and inflammation associated with castration and tail docking of lambs

    | Contributor(s):: Marini, Danila, Colditz, Ian G., Hinch, Geoff, Petherick, J. Carol, Lee, Caroline

    It can be impractical for farmers to provide pain relief to livestock following husbandry procedures such as castration and tail-docking, particularly in pasture-based systems because animals need to be repeatedly gathered to handling facilities and restrained. We investigated whether voluntary...

  16. Effects of different enrichment devices on some welfare indicators of post-weaned undocked piglets

    | Contributor(s):: Nannoni, E., Sardi, L., Vitali, M., Trevisi, E., Ferrari, A., Barone, F., Bacci, M. L., Barbieri, S., Martelli, G.

    Two experimental trials were carried out in order to test the effectiveness of different environmental enrichments in improving the welfare of weaned pigs. A total of 120 undocked piglets was used. In trial one, group C1 received a metal chain and group WL a wooden log mounted on a frame. In...

  17. Effect of a partial cage dividing enrichment on aggression-associated parameters in group-housed male C57BL/6NCrl mice

    | Contributor(s):: Mertens, Sinja, Gass, Peter, Palme, Rupert, Hiebl, Bernhard, Chourbaji, Sabine

    Group-housing is highly important for social animals. Group-housing of male mice in captivity though often leads to aggression with partially disastrous consequences for the animals as well as for the quality of experimental data. In this study we investigated the effect of a novel...

  18. Measuring welfare in captive flamingos: Activity patterns and exhibit usage in zoo-housed birds

    | Contributor(s):: Rose, Paul E., Brereton, James E., Croft, Darren P.

    Birds do not always feature heavily in zoo-based welfare and behaviour research. Studying how individuals use the space provided to them helps inform captive care and enables objective measurement of animal welfare. The aim of this study was to determine the variables that influence how flamingos...

  19. The effect of supplementary ultraviolet wavelengths on broiler chicken welfare indicators

    | Contributor(s):: James, Charlotte, Asher, Lucy, Herborn, Katherine, Wiseman, Julian

    Qualities of the light environment are important for good welfare in a number of species. In chickens, UVA light is visible and may facilitate flock interactions. UVB wavelengths promote endogenous vitamin D synthesis, which could support the rapid skeletal development of broiler chickens. The...

  20. Evaluation of alternatives to cautery disbudding of dairy goat kids using behavioural measures of post-treatment pain

    | Contributor(s):: Hempstead, Melissa N., Waas, Joseph R., Stewart, Mairi, Cave, Vanessa M., Sutherland, Mhairi A.

    Alternatives to cautery disbudding (caustic paste and cryosurgical disbudding, and clove oil injection) were evaluated using behavioural measures of post-treatment pain in dairy goat kids. Fifty Saanen doe kids were randomly assigned to one of five treatments (n = 10/treatment): (i) cautery...