Special Issue "Ethology and Animal Welfare"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: animal behavior; animal welfare; cognition; emotion; human–animal relationships; livestock precision farming
The motivation behind this Agriculture Special Issue is to highlight the key challenges of ethology science to provide knowledge and opportunities in animal production communities to face the animal welfare issues. The four Tinbergen's questions on the proximal and ultimate causes, the ontogeny and the phylogeny of behaviors, applied in research on farm animals, provide comprehensive view of the whole organism, the specific behavioural needs and the subjective experiences. Moreover, the enlarged cross-domain interactions between the ethology closely related to other scientific disciplines, such as physiology, pathology, health, immunology, endocrinology, neuroscience and genetic, and applied areas, such as ergonomic and livestock precision farming, are major opportunities for the stakeholders involved in the animal productions to take into account the animal welfare in the evolution of housing, equipment and management practices. In this Special Issue, we will welcome articles on how the concepts and methods used to study animal behavior (from ethology or interdisciplinary approaches) contribute to a greater understanding of animal welfare and to its quantitative and qualitative assessment. Articles addressing practical issues in agriculture in responses to ethical, economic and political dimensions of animal welfare issues are also welcome.
Dr. Marie-Christine Meunier-Salaün
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- Tinbergen's four questions echoing animal welfare issues
- Functioning of behavioural systems
- Natural living and adaptations to livestock contexts
- Subjectives experiences
- Social behaviour/human–animal interactions
- Ethology and Human social sciences
- Ethology challenges in Precision Livestock Farming
- Animal welfare assessment
- Genetic and behaviour