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Special Issue "Animal Welfare Assessment Protocol"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Animal Welfare, Wageningen Livestock Research, Wageningen University & Research, De Elst 1, 6708 WD Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: Animal behaviour, Animal ecology, Animal health and welfare, Farm and captive animals,
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Assuring animal welfare is one of the key issues in continuation of keeping animals. Many types of stakeholders influence the keeping of farm, zoo, laboratory, and pet animals. Each stakeholder has specific demands for and expectations of keeping those animals and species, based on economy, biology, ethics, or public opinion. Assuring animal welfare has to be done based on protocols that are linked to standards that—in an ideal world—are adopted by the stakeholders. This is important because ethics, opinions, and knowledge related to keeping animals is continuously changing, and social media is also having an effect on welfare standards and protocols. This Special Issue focuses on animal welfare protocols developed and used for monitoring welfare in relevant human-influenced animal conditions and practices, i.e., animal husbandry, zoos, laboratories, pets, veterinary practices, and wildlife. There is a continuing need for appropriate protocols and welfare indicators, such as behavioral and/or physiological indicators. In this Special Issue, the purpose is to focus mainly on protocols focused on the actual welfare state of the animals and not so much on the expected welfare state based on environmental or procedural circumstances, resources, or management.
Original manuscripts that address aspects of animal welfare assessment protocols are invited for this Special Issue. Topics of special interest are the development of protocols for animal welfare assessment that (1) may be applied to many or all animal species kept by humans; (2) are shown to be consistent, valid, and repeatable; (3) produce the same outcomes for different observers or assessors; and (4) use only information of the animals’ welfare state.
Dr. Paul Koene
Dr. Patrick H. Zimmerman
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Assessment protocols
- Animal welfare
- Environmental variation
- Species variation