INDICATORS RELEVANT TO FARM ANIMAL WELFARE
It was the intention of this discussion to outline the present state of knowledge on proven and potential indicators and to discuss their applicability in the assessment of farm animal management systems. After an introduction of the legal and material aspects of animal welfare, the following topics were dealt with: - Significance of indicators relevant to animal welfare - Integrated systems of indicators relevant to animal welfare - Applicability of indicators in animal welfare research and control procedures. The final discussion focussed on the applicability of indicators in science and in practice. As a result of the seminar, the indicators known at present can be grouped into the following categories: - indicators already being applied to animal welfare assessment in practice, such as morbidity and mortality, technopathies, behavioural aberrations and production performances; - indicators of high sensitivity, such as physiological criteria, which as yet are too demanding for general application; - indicators still under investigation for their reliability. It became also evident that the continuous integration of indicators into comprehensive assessment systems promises an ever improving judgement of animal welfare problems.
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: P. 251, DFL 10, 1983. ISBN 0-89838-595-6, PUBL. BY: KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, DORDRECHT, NL, (EUR 8514 E).
Record Number: 1989122030900 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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