Special Issue "Long Distance Transport of Animals"


A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael Cockram

Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A 4P3, Canada
Website: http://www.upei.ca/awc/People/Chair
Interests: transport and pre-slaughter management of farm animals; animal welfare assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The welfare implications of the long-distance transportation of livestock are a topic of concern, but there are economic reasons for this practice and consequences to industry can arise from restrictions to this practice. More evidence is required on the reasons for long-distance transportation and the effects of this practice on the welfare of animals. There are many factors during transportation that can affect the welfare of the animals and there are many ways of assessing their response to transportation. If research is able to identify practices that select animals fit for the journey and provide optimal journey characteristics this might mitigate some of the effects of long-distance transportation. However, there are likely to be some issues that arise from long-distance transportation that affect all animals regardless of the quality of the journey. The papers in this special issue should provide useful contributions to this important and controversial topic.

Dr. Michael Cockram
Guest Editor

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  • transport of animals
  • animal welfare
  • economics
  • trade in animals

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p. 184-199
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Animals 2014, 4(2), 184-199; doi:10.3390/ani4020184
Received: 23 September 2013 / Revised: 26 March 2014 / Accepted: 28 March 2014 / Published: 11 April 2014
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p. 62-81
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Animals 2014, 4(1), 62-81; doi:10.3390/ani4010062
Received: 11 October 2013 / Revised: 20 February 2014 / Accepted: 20 February 2014 / Published: 5 March 2014
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