The Welfare of Performing Animals PDF. Animal welfare is attracting increasing interest worldwide, especially in developed countries where knowledge and resources are available to, at least potentially, provide better management systems for farm animals, as well as companion, zoo, laboratory and performance animals.
The Welfare of Performing Animals PDF
The key requirements for adequate food, water, a suitable environment, companionship and health are important for animals kept for all of these purposes. There has been increased attention given to animal welfare in the West in recent years. This derives largely from the fact that the relentless pursuit of ﬁnancial reward and efﬁciency, to satisfy market demands, has led to the development of intensive animal management systems that challenge the conscience of many consumers in this part of the world, particularly in the farm and laboratory animal sectors.
Livestock are the world’s biggest land users (FAO 2002), and the farmed animal population is increasing rapidly to meet the needs of an expanding human population. This results in a tendency to allocate fewer resources to each animal and to value individual animals less, for example, in the case of farmed poultry where ﬂocks of over 20,000 birds are not uncommon. In these circumstances, the importance of each individual’s welfare is diminished.
This series has been designed to contribute towards a culture of respect for animals and their welfare by producing learned treatises about the provision for the welfare of the animal species that are managed and cared for by humans. The early species-focused books were not detailed management blueprints; rather they described and considered the major welfare concerns, often with reference to the behaviour of the wild progenitors of the managed animals.
Welfare was speciﬁcally focused on animals’ needs, concentrating on nutrition, behaviour, reproduction and the physical and social environment. Economic effects of animal welfare provision were also considered where relevant, as were key areas where further research is required.
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