'All ears': a questionnaire of 1516 owner perceptions of the mental abilities of pet rabbits, subsequent resource provision, and the effect on welfare
| Contributor(s):: McMahon, S. A., Wigham, E.
Pet rabbit welfare is a hidden crisis: Inappropriately housed, fed, and not routinely provided healthcare—rabbits can often suffer painful conditions and shortened lifespans. This study provides novel understanding of owners’ perceptions of rabbits’ mental capabilities; how this...
'Pleasures', 'pains' and animal welfare: toward a natural history of affect
| Contributor(s):: Fraser, D., Duncan, I. J. H.
A comparison of a manual and an automated behavioural analysis method for assessing post-operative pain in mice
| Contributor(s):: Miller, Amy L., Flecknell, Paul A., Leach, Matthew C., Roughan, John V.
Current methods of identifying and analysing behavioural signs of pain in mice are highly time consuming and labour intensive. HomeCageScan (HCS) is an automated analysis system that may offer an alternative to manual scoring. Thirty-two male mice undergoing vasectomy were filmed before and at 1h...
A comparison of behavioural methodologies utilised to quantify deviations in piglet behaviour associated with castration
| Contributor(s):: Park, R. M., Cramer, M. C., Wagner, B. K., Turner, P., Moraes, L. E., Viscardi, A. V., Coetzee, J. F., Pairis-Garcia, M. D.
A comparison of welfare outcomes for weaner and mature Bos indicus bulls surgically or tension band castrated with or without analgesia: 1. Behavioural responses
| Contributor(s):: Petherick, J. Carol, Small, Alison H., Mayer, David G., Colditz, Ian G., Ferguson, Drewe M., Stafford, Kevin J.
Tension-band castration of cattle is gaining favour because it is relatively simple to perform and is promoted by retailers of the devices as a humane castration method. Furthermore, retailers encourage delaying castration to exploit the superior growth rates of bulls compared with steers. Two...
A comparison of welfare outcomes for weaner and mature Bos indicus bulls surgically or tension band castrated with or without analgesia: 2. Responses related to stress, health and productivity
Tension banding castration of cattle is gaining favour because it is relatively simple to perform and is promoted by retailers of the banders as a humane castration method. Two experiments were conducted, under tropical conditions using Bos indicus bulls comparing tension banding (Band) and...
A Critical Analysis of the British Horseracing Authority's Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing
| Contributor(s):: Bidda Jones, Jed Goodfellow, James Yeates, Paul D. Mcgreevy
There is increasing controversy about the use of the whip as a performance aid in Thoroughbred horseracing and its impact on horse welfare. This paper offers a critical analysis of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) 2011 Report Responsible Regulation:A Review of the Use of the...
A first description of the physiological and behavioural responses to disbudding in goat kids
| Contributor(s):: Alvarez, L., Gutierrez, J.
In order to determine the stress response to disbudding, physiological and behavioural response was investigated in disbudded kids and compared with a control group. Disbudded kids (n=14), were disbudded by thermal cauterisation, and control kids (n=15) received the same management without being...
A laser-based method for measuring thermal nociception of cattle
| Contributor(s):: Veissier, I., Rushen, J., Colwell, D., Passille, A. M. de
A method is described for measuring nociception in cattle using a CO2 laser aimed at the caudal aspect of the metatarsi. Four experiments were performed, involving 60 Holstein calves. In Experiment 1, infrared thermography showed that calves responded by lifting their legs when skin...
A neuropsychological and evolutionary approach to animal consciousness and animal suffering
| Contributor(s):: Bermond, B.
A note on measurement of injection aversiveness
| Contributor(s):: Grandin, T., Maxwell, K., Lanier, J.
The behavior of cattle during an injection of doramectin 1% injectable solution or ivermectin 1% injectable solution in an attempt to measure small differences in aversiveness in 61 red Angus-cross, 2-year-old heifers. Each animal was held in a squeeze chute and given a 9 ml s.c. injection of...
A preliminary study of behaviour-based indicators of pain in cats
| Contributor(s):: Waran, N., Best, L., Williams, V., Salinsky, J., Dale, A., Clarke, N.
The aim of this preliminary study was to identify key behavioural indicators of pain in cats. The behaviour of cats before and after ovariohysterectomy was analysed using a detailed behavioural ethogram. A comparison of behaviours between cats given pre-operative analgesia only and cats given...
A review of the welfare consequences of surgical castration in piglets and the evaluation of non-surgical methods
| Contributor(s):: Prunier, A., Bonneau, M., Borell, E. H. von, Cinotti, S., Gunn, M., Fredriksen, B., Giersing, M., Morton, D. B., Tuyttens, F. A. M., Velarde, A.
A scoring system to evaluate physical condition and quality of life in geriatric zoo mammals
| Contributor(s):: Follmi, J., Steiger, A., Walzer, C., Robert, N., Geissbuhler, U., Doherr, M. G., Wenker, C.
The decision to perform euthanasia in geriatric zoo mammals is usually a highly complex procedure involving ethical, medical, emotional and sometimes political factors. However, subsequent necropsies show that the pathological changes of organs and/or the musculoskeletal system are often already...
A single dose of ketoprofen in the immediate postpartum period has the potential to improve dairy calf welfare in the first 48 h of life
| Contributor(s):: Gladden, Nicola, Ellis, Kathryn, Martin, Jessica, Viora, Lorenzo, McKeegan, Dorothy
The welfare impact of birth on newborn calves has rarely been studied. Dystocia in particular may have significant welfare costs for calves. While analgesia is sometimes provided to calves born to difficult parturition by veterinary surgeons in practice, it is not known if this is actually...
A study of three IACUCs and their views of scientific merit and alternatives
| Contributor(s):: Graham, K.
Two ethical issues facing Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) today are assessing scientific merit and the use of alternatives in research proposals. This study evaluated 3 IACUCs using a 19-question survey, with a 77.8% response rate. Although 76% of members answered that...
A survey of sow management at farrowing in the UK
| Contributor(s):: Ison, S. H., Jarvis, S., Rutherford, K. M. D.
Addressing pain caused by mulesing in sheep
| Contributor(s):: Fisher, Andrew D.
The surgical operation of mulesing cuts wool-bearing and wrinkled skin from the perineal region and adjoining hindquarters of Australian Merino sheep, and has been shown in combination with tail docking to provide significantly enhanced protection against flystrike for the remainder of the...
Administration of a NSAID (meloxicam) affects lying behaviour after caesarean section in beef cows
| Contributor(s):: Barrier, Alice C., Coombs, Tamsin M., Dwyer, Cathy M., Haskell, Marie J., Goby, Laurent
Very little is known about the pain experienced by cattle following caesarean section and hence little consideration has been given to managing it. Thus the purpose of this study was to investigate activity-related behavioural changes in response to pain, by pre-emptively administering a long...
Alternative therapies for children and youth with special health care needs
| Contributor(s):: Gasalberti, D.