Special Issue "Poultry Welfare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016)
Prof. Bas Rodenburg
There has been a dramatic rise in worldwide consumption of poultry and poultry products in the past 50 years, and there are currently around 22 billion chickens, 1.3 billion ducks and nearly 400 million geese in the world. Breeding policies directed primarily towards increased meat and egg production have been pursued with great success, but at some cost to the birds. Problems with leg health, skeletal strength and disease resistance all need solutions. Rearing, housing and slaughter practices also have profound welfare implications. Great advances have been made in scientific assessment of poultry welfare, and new indicators and technologies are now available to establish the extent of current problems. Scientists are also working with the industry and consumers to develop policies and practices that protect birds’ physical health and allow for the expression of behavioural needs. Poultry welfare is now a topic of global interest and it is timely to track progress as solutions to welfare problems are proposed and tested.
Original manuscripts that address any aspects of poultry welfare are invited for this special issue. Topics of special interest are the validation of welfare indicators for poultry, emerging welfare issues, the role of genetics and early experience on later welfare, the optimal design of housing and management practices to protect health and allow for behavioural needs, and methods of humane (emergency) slaughter.
Prof. Dr. Christine Nicol
Dr. T. Bas Rodenburg
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- animal welfare
- laying hen
- welfare indicator
- behavioural needs
- humane slaughter
- feather pecking
- genetic selection