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Special Issue "Advances in Rearing Strategies for Health and Welfare Improvement in Rabbit"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: rabbit; housing systems; behavior; meat quality; lipid metabolism; oxidative stress; health
Currently, rabbit housing systems have to be consistent with animal welfare regulations and not only economically satisfactory for farmers. Such economic restraints imply that the productive unit must be organized in an efficient way. Most of the housing and management systems used in commercial rabbit farms are not ideal with respect to the ethological needs of animals and need to be reconsidered. Indeed, the single cage isolates rabbits and prevents them from physical and visual contact and social interaction, particularly in solid-walled cages. Furthermore, spatial restriction precludes the expression of some basic activities, which can lead to atypical behaviors, indicative of frustration, anxiety or boredom, and also to skeletal anomalies. For all these reasons, greater attention has to be focused on developing alternative housing systems. In this context, the promotion of appropriate, environmentally-friendly, and economically sustainable housing systems should be improved.
Innovative papers from different research areas, such as biotechnologies, behavior computer video analysis, animal science, and veterinary medicine, are invited to contribute to this Special Issue that aims to bring together the latest advances the management, health, and welfare of intensively farmed rabbits. Interdisciplinary studies will be taken into account, especially ones regarding (but not limited to):
(1) Rearing systems and management for fattening rabbits more respectful of welfare;
(2) Long- and short-term monitoring of animals involved in commercial breeding production;
(3) Innovative personalized systems for ethological monitoring;
(4) Rabbit welfare and health as an indicator of sustainable production;
(5) Relationship between rearing conditions, health status, and meat quality.
Prof. Cesare Castellini
Prof. Alessandro Dal Bosco
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Rearing strategies