Special Issue "Development and Assessment of Animal Welfare Indicators"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: on-farm and supply-chain welfare indicators; nutritional strategies to reduce stress; qualitative behavioural assessment; new technologies for welfare monitoring; impact of handling conditions and novel environments on stress
Since the field of animal welfare science was established nearly 50 years ago, many advances in welfare research have been made, however substantial knowledge gaps remain. There is an increasing recognition in the community that animals possess an intrinsic value, that they are important sources of food, fibre and other products, and that animals play a key role in the history, culture and development of countries. Hence, there are increasing requirements for accreditation of the animal welfare credentials of animal custodians and products from farm animals. Valid, reliable and feasible animal-based welfare assessment protocols will improve the process of identification and justification of animal welfare standards.
Animal welfare indicators need to be practical, cost-effective, reliable and replicable if they are to be useful and accurately reflect the true welfare state of the animal. Welfare measures also require assessment that captures the complexity of animal responses. The integration of different processes (behaviour, physiology, health, molecular activity and performance) is recognised as vital for the development of new animal welfare indicators. Recent developments in biosensor technologies, remote behavioural monitoring and complex systems data analysis offer important avenues for future research in this field.
This Special Issue is interested in both reviews and research papers on all aspects of welfare indicator development and assessment, in vertebrate and invertebrate species. It is also interested in analysis of the different perceptions and attitudes towards animal welfare. This includes papers on matching the acceptable levels of animal welfare measures with differing human attitudes and expectations.
Assoc. Prof. David W. Miller
Manuscript Submission Information
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- animal welfare
- objective measures
- acute and chronic stress
- cognitive ethology
- affective state
- behavioural assessment
- modification of reactivity
- invasive versus non-invasive
- animal ethics
- complex systems science
- positive welfare
- welfare and genetics
- measurement redundancy