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Farm Animals Are Long Away from Natural Behavior: Open Questions and Operative Consequences on Animal Welfare

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Animal and Dairy Science Department, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Department of Agraria, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Academic Editors: Melissa Hempstead and Danila Marini
Animals 2021, 11(3), 724; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030724
Received: 13 February 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 5 March 2021 / Published: 6 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Welfare Assessment: Novel Approaches and Technologies)
Animal welfare is a very important issue. One of the tasks of researchers is to provide explanations and possible solutions to questions arising from non-experts. This work analyzes part of the extensive literature on relationships between selection and domestic, mainly farm, animals’ behavior and deals with some very important themes, such as the role of regulations, domestication, and selection.
The concept of welfare applied to farm animals has undergone a remarkable evolution. The growing awareness of citizens pushes farmers to guarantee the highest possible level of welfare to their animals. New perspectives could be opened for animal welfare reasoning around the concept of domestic, especially farm, animals as partial human artifacts. Therefore, it is important to understand how much a particular behavior of a farm animal is far from the natural one of its ancestors. This paper is a contribution to better understand the role of genetics of the farm animals on their behavior. This means that the naïve approach to animal welfare regarding returning animals to their natural state should be challenged and that welfare assessment should be considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioethics; domestication; genetic selection; animal behavior; animal welfare bioethics; domestication; genetic selection; animal behavior; animal welfare
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Cesarani, A.; Pulina, G. Farm Animals Are Long Away from Natural Behavior: Open Questions and Operative Consequences on Animal Welfare. Animals 2021, 11, 724. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030724

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Cesarani A, Pulina G. Farm Animals Are Long Away from Natural Behavior: Open Questions and Operative Consequences on Animal Welfare. Animals. 2021; 11(3):724. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030724

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Cesarani, Alberto; Pulina, Giuseppe. 2021. "Farm Animals Are Long Away from Natural Behavior: Open Questions and Operative Consequences on Animal Welfare" Animals 11, no. 3: 724. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030724

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