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Addressing Animal Welfare through Collaborative Stakeholder Networks

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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia
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School of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia 6009, Australia
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School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia 6009, Australia
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School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia
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School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia
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Agriculture 2019, 9(6), 132; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9060132
Received: 19 April 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 22 June 2019
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Abstract

In this review, we discuss animal welfare as a complex and contested issue facing society and outline why collaborative, multi-stakeholder approaches are critical for effective policy development. Using the lens of “wicked problems” and drawing upon governance literature on policy networks, we identify important factors for working with the inherent complexity of animal welfare through the inclusion of various stakeholder perspectives. We present two case studies that illustrate policy network approaches to animal welfare and highlight the value of fostering collaboration among various stakeholder groups from the industry, community, research, and government sectors. We suggest that the influence of stakeholder networks will likely increase in coming years as newer forms of participatory governance become common. By understanding how collaborative stakeholder networks establish participatory governance, productive communication, and collective priorities, leaders in the field of animal welfare can more productively engage with stakeholders and achieve long-lasting improvements in animal welfare. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal welfare; collaboration; stakeholder networks; policy networks; wicked problems; participatory governance animal welfare; collaboration; stakeholder networks; policy networks; wicked problems; participatory governance
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Fernandes, J.; Blache, D.; Maloney, S.K.; Martin, G.B.; Venus, B.; Walker, F.R.; Head, B.; Tilbrook, A. Addressing Animal Welfare through Collaborative Stakeholder Networks. Agriculture 2019, 9, 132.

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