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Title Improving farm animal welfare : science and society working together : the Welfare Quality approach / edited by Harry Blokhuis [and others]
Published Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publisher, [2013]
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Contents Introduction / Harry Blokhuis, Bryan Jones, Isabelle Veissier, Mara Miele -- Changes in farming and in stakeholder concern for animal welfare / Mara Miele, Harry Blokhuis, Richard Bennett, Bettina Bock -- Animal welfare: from production to consumption / Henry Buller -- The Welfare Quality® vision / Harry Blokhuis, Isabelle Veissier, Bryan Jones, Mara Miele -- Welfare Quality® principles and criteria / Linda Keeling, Adrian Evans, Björn Forkman, Unni Kjaernes -- Development of welfare measures and protocols for the collection of data on farms or at slaughter / Isabelle Veissier, Christoph Winckler, Antonio Velarde -- Integration of data collected on farms or at slaughter to generate an overall assessment of animal welfare / Raphaëlle Botreau, Christoph Winckler, Antonio Velarde -- Welfare improvement strategies / Xavier Manteca, Bryan Jones -- Relevance and implementation of Welfare Quality® assessment systems / Andy Butterworth, Harry Blokhuis, Bryan Jones -- Assessing and improving farm animal welfare: the way forward / Harry Blokhuis, Bryan Jones, Mara Miele, Isabelle Veissier
Summary How do you define the quality of life of a farmed animal? This timely book addresses the complex and often controversial issues surrounding the assessment and improvement of farm animal welfare. Based on a large, multi-disciplinary EU funded research project called Welfare Quality, it discusses the relevance of science based welfare assessments and the importance of establishing a fruitful dialogue between science and society. An outline is given of the development of a workable welfare assessment system for cattle, pigs and chickens as well as practical ways of improving the animals' quality of life. This book synthesises the huge body of work carried out by the largest ever international network of scientists and stakeholders in Welfare Quality. It describes some of the obstacles encountered and their solution and why particular paths were chosen. It also clearly sets out what still needs to be done and presents selected strategies and technologies (automation, proxy indicators, targeting of risk factors, etc.) designed to ensure the continued improvement of welfare and its assessment. The book provides a valuable source of knowledge on farm animal welfare for social and animal scientists, students, teachers, policy makers, lobby groups and the animal industry
Analysis Life sciences
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Animal welfare.
Animal Welfare.
Form Electronic book
Author Blokhuis, Harry J.
ISBN 9789086867707 (electronic bk.)
9086867707 (electronic bk.)