Animal Welfare: Laws, Policy and Alternative Approaches to Drive Improvements across Animal Industries

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Policy, Politics and Law".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 367

Special Issue Editors

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School of Animal and Veterinary Science, Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Interests: animal law; animal welfare; metascience; pain assessment
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School of Animal and Veterinary Science, Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Interests: animal law; welfare; policy; enforcement gap

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Animal welfare is a key issue today as a result of our understanding around animal sentience, as well as an increased public concern about how animals are treated. A multifaceted approach to safeguarding and improving welfare is generally needed. The tools to achieve this can include legislation, quasi-legislative documents, and market- or consumer-driven approaches such as assurance schemes. In our globalized economy, there is increasingly a role for change resulting from international drivers such as the advent of free-trade agreements. Besides these more formal approaches, real welfare improvements likely need a holistic approach encompassing animal welfare education, awareness campaigns, and public engagement activities.

In this Special Issue, we encourage both original and secondary research around animal welfare laws and policies that may apply to individual animal industries or across many. We also encourage research that examines other facets that may influence welfare, such as consumer-led initiatives, media or public interest, and education programs.

Dr. Alexandra Whittaker
Dr. Rochelle Palazzo nee Morton
Guest Editors

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  • animal law
  • animal welfare
  • welfare education
  • assurance schemes
  • welfare policy
  • GATT

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