Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach

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Legislation on animal welfare standards has created the need for welfare programs to be implemented on farms, during transportation, and in slaughter plants. While there is a wealth of information on animal behavior, ethics and factors effecting welfare, there is little to guide veterinarians and managers in evaluating and improving animal welfare. This textbook aims to help those working with animals to apply practical methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical ...
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Overview

Legislation on animal welfare standards has created the need for welfare programs to be implemented on farms, during transportation, and in slaughter plants. While there is a wealth of information on animal behavior, ethics and factors effecting welfare, there is little to guide veterinarians and managers in evaluating and improving animal welfare. This textbook aims to help those working with animals to apply practical methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical application. Drawing on the editor's extensive experience in teaching and auditing, and with contributions from international experts, this book provides a guide to practical evaluation and auditing of welfare problems, emphasizing the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare.

It will be an essential text for veterinarians and veterinary students and welfare auditing or welfare officer training, and broader animal welfare topics, helping students to apply their knowledge in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Drawing on the editor's extensive experience in teaching and auditing, as well as contributions from international experts, this book provides a guide to the practical evaluation and auditing of welfare problems, emphasizing the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare." Bulletin OiE
Antonín Holub Agricultura Tropica et Subtropica
"The book is a very practical instruction of activity not only for those studying problems of practical application of animal welfare, but especially for those who are responsible for the preparation and instruction of future professional specialists in this field, to implement effective practical programs to improve animal welfare. We can only hope that this sucessful work gets to the hands of those in the field of today ´s multicultural world."
Neville G. Gregory Journal of Agricultural Science
"This is an excellent book on applied animal welfare. The book is a good value, and can be recommended for most animal and veterinary science libraries."
Andrew Fisher
"Overall, this book provides a valuable, single first point of reference for those seeking to assess and ensure animal welfare in the own operations, or as a starting point in the development of a welfare assurance process. Tertiary educators will find that the text also serves as a valuable accompaniment to animal welfare courses for animal science and veterinary students studying production animals."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845935412
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: CABI Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin’s work includes design of animal handling systems, research on livestock behavior, and auditing animal welfare. She has visited 26 countries and has served on the OIE animal welfare ad hoc committee for slaughter. Her previous livestock books are: Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals and Humane Livestock Handling. Her popular press books on animal behavior have been both U.S. and international bestsellers. Throughout her career, Dr. Grandin has worked to combine scientific research results with practical application in the field. In the North America half, the cattle are handled in equipment she designed for meat plants. She has received awards for her work on animal welfare from both the livestock industry and animal welfare NGOs. She has awards from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The American Meat Institute, American Society for Animal Science and the Humane Society of the U.S.
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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Preface viii

1 The Importance of Measurement to Improve the Welfare of Livestock, Poultry and Fish Temple Grandin 1

2 Why is Agricultural Animal Welfare Important? The Social and Ethical Context Bernard Rollin 21

3 Implementing Effective Standards and Scoring Systems for Assessing Animal Welfare on Farms and Slaughter Plants Temple Grandin 32

4 The Importance of Good Stockmanship and its Benefits for the Animals Jeffrey Rushen Anne Marie de Passillé 50

5 How to Improve Livestock Handling and Reduce Stress Temple Grandin 64

6 Painful Husbandry Procedures in Livestock and Poultry Kevin J. Stafford David J. Mellor 88

7 Welfare During Transport of Livestock and Poultry Temple Grandin 115

8 Animal Well-being and Behavioural Needs on the Farm Lily N. Edwards 139

9 Improving Livestock, Poultry and Fish Welfare in Slaughter Plants with Auditing Programmes Temple Grandin 160

10 Recommended On-farm Euthanasia Practices Jennifer Woods Jan K. Shearer Jeff Hill 186

11 The Effect of Economic Factors on the Welfare of Livestock and Poultry Temple Grandin 214

12 Improving Animal Welfare: Practical Approaches for Achieving Change Helen R. Whay David C.J. Main 227

13 Practical Methods for Improving the Welfare of Horses, Donkeys and Other Working Draught Animals in Developing Areas Camie R. Heleski Amy K. McLean Janice C. Swanson 252

14 Successful Technology Transfer of Behavioural and Animal Welfare Research to the Farm and Slaughter Plant Temple Grandin 274

15 Why Are Behavioural Needs Important? Tina Widowski 290

Useful Web Sites 309

Index 311

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