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Special Issue "Positive Aspects of Animal Welfare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Laboratorio di Benessere animale, Etologia Applicata e Produzioni Sostenibili, Via G. Celoria 10, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: Animal Welfare; Animal Behaviour; Small Ruminants; Cattle; Milk; Wildlife Conservation
During the last decades the interest in animal welfare has been greatly increasing among scientists, veterinarians, farmers, consumers, the general public and pet owners. As a consequence, several indicators have been developed and used under experimental conditions at the farm level or in the home environment to assess animal welfare and specific protocols have been proposed for welfare evaluation of various species in different contexts.
Most of the indicators developed so far focus on negative aspects of animal welfare (e.g. lameness, lesions, diseases, presence of abnormal behaviour, high levels of stress hormones, and many more), and only very few indicators are presently available to highlight positive aspects of animal welfare. However, the lack of negative welfare conditions represents just a minimum standard that should be guaranteed to animals, and it does not necessarily mean that animals are in good welfare conditions and have a good quality of life. To guarantee high welfare standards, animals should experience positive conditions, that allow them to live a life that is really worth living.
For these reasons, the new frontiers of animal welfare should aim to reach this high quality of life, and research should now focus on the development and validation of positive welfare indicators.
Original research papers addressing positive aspects of animal welfare, both in farm and companion animals, as well as in zoo animals, are welcome in this Special Issue. Topics of interest are the development and validation of new positive welfare indicators (behavioural, physiological, immunological, productive, etc.), the testing and refinement of existing indicators, the assessment of their reliability and feasibility, and the development of new welfare assessment protocols focusing on positive aspects. Additionally, special interest will be given to interdisciplinary approaches, such as the inclusion of neurosciences and recent technical advances in different disciplines that may open up new perspectives on positive welfare aspects.
Assoc. Prof. Silvana Mattiello
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- Animal welfare
- Quality of life
- Positive emotions
- Farm animals
- Companion animals
- Zoo animals