Special Issue "The Future of Farm Animal Welfare 2016"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016).
Interests: Animal behaviour, Animal ecology, Animal health and welfare, Farm and captive animals,
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This Special Issue is a continuation of a previous issue on the future of the welfare of farm animals (edited by Prof. Marian Stamp Dawkins). The same challenging issues in the field of animal welfare demand our special attention, i.e., the developments of greater human consumption, greater efficiency in animal production, and new technologies for measuring the welfare and health of farm animals. Current and future concerns are: (1) welfare indicators of negative and putative indicators of positive affect, (2) validation of indicators, i.e., stereotypic behaviour, (3) specific issues for farmed species, i.e., feather pecking (chicken), castration (piglets), lameness (cows), and killing (fish), (4) newly farmed species (reptiles, insects, etc.), (5) welfare assessment in commercial and legislative settings, and (6) animal welfare in relation to broad issues as resilience, human population increase, land use, circular economy, and half-earth approaches.
Original manuscripts that address one of the above issues are invited for the current Special Issue, particularly those that describe (1) new technologies and analyses for assessing and measuring animal welfare on farm (for instance big data); (2) the impact of new technologies on animal welfare (for instance robots); and (3) examples of addressing the potential conflicts between land use, feeding humans, environmental protection, and animal welfare.
Dr. Paul Koene
Manuscript Submission Information
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