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Development, integration and dissemination of animal-based welfare indicators, including pain, in commercially important husbandry species, with special emphasis on small ruminants, equidae & turkeys

Objective

Animal welfare is one of the topics that has consistently ranked on the top of items brought to the attention of governmental organizations and politicians across European countries. Concerns about animal welfare among European citizens are founded in well thought expectations from governments, industry and other stakeholders. The tremendous public scrutiny on animal welfare related issues put excessive pressure on lawmakers who are expected to offer rapid and effective solutions to perceived animal welfare problems. The need for rapid responses to address animal welfare issues has, oftentimes, pressured animal welfare scientists to develop suboptimal criteria to assess animal welfare and created a gap between fundamental scientific questions in this new scientific discipline and the applied aspects needed to attend the immediate public concerns. In this proposal our goal is to rescue the balance on the need for a science based approach to investigate animal welfare questions. We will develop and test animal based welfare, including pain, indicators in sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and turkeys. In addition we will engage veterinarians to study the relationship between diseases and animal welfare. We will also address more fundamental questions measuring husbandry factors that may affect pre-natal programming of adaptive strategies that my compromise the validity and reliability of welfare indicators. Finally we will integrate research, teaching and outreach activities through the Global Research and Teaching School (Hub) in Animal Welfare Science in order to promote sustainability fostering long-term competitiveness in the European animal industry through a transparent and inclusive relationship among stakeholders.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

SRUC
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 215 379,20
Administrative Contact
Michael L Smith (Dr.)

Participants (10)

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 681 070,80
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Lise Andersen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 498 582
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donatella Sacchelli (Dr.)
NEIKER-INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 585 750
Address
Berreaga Kalea 1
48160 Vizcaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yolanda Fernandez (Ms.)
CENTRO DE ESTUDOS SUPERIORES POSITIVO LTDA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 236 472
Address
Avenida Candido Hartmann 1400
80710570 Curitiba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pericles Gomes (Dr.)
FACULDADE DE MEDICINA VETERINARIA- UNIVERSIDADE TECNICA DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 297 120
Address
Avenida Da Universidade Tecnica Polo Universitario Do Alto Da Ajuda
1300 477 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Stilwell (Prof.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 466 656
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
THE TRUSTEES OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Po Box 1847
47402 Bloomington
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cara Wellman (Prof.)
VYZKUMNY USTAV ZIVOCISNE VYROBY V.V.I. UHRINEVES
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 267 264
Address
Pratelstvi 815
10400 Praha
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jitka Bartosova (Dr.)
TIERARZTLICHE KLINIK FUR PFERDE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 600
Address
Hohenferchesarer Strasse 49
14778 Beetzsee Ot Brielow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Lebelt (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
Address
Rua Da Reitoria 109 Butanta
05508 900 Sao Paulo Sp
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enrico Ortolani (Prof.)