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Applying ethological and health indicators to practical animal welfare assessment

Author(s) : F. Wemelsfelder & S. Mullan

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There is a growing effort worldwide to develop objective indicators for animal welfare assessment, which provide information on an animal’s quality of life, are scientifically trustworthy, and can readily be used in practice by professionals. Animals are sentient beings capable of positive and negative emotion, and so these indicators should be sensitive not only to their physical health, but also to their experience of the conditions in which they live. This paper provides an outline of ethological research aimed at developing practical welfare assessment protocols.

Keywords
Animal welfare assessment – Ethology – On-farm welfare management – Positive animal welfare – Practical animal welfare assessment – Qualitative behavioural assessment – Scientific validation.

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