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Agriculture, Volume 8, Issue 9 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Evolved behavioural mechanisms control what animals want and what goals they expect to achieve. [...] Read more. Evolved behavioural mechanisms control what animals want and what goals they expect to achieve. Human caretakers can only marginally influence stimuli that result in an animal’s wants. Yet, we can ensure that animals can reach and like goal states. Promoting such ‘liking’ will improve welfare. However, in respect to sucking, nutrition alone does not serve as a goal state. Here, it may be difficult to provide adequate goal states for the young animals without the natural stimulus ‘udder of a dam’.