Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach

Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach

By: Temple Grandin (editor)Paperback

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New legislation on animal welfare standards has created the need for welfare programmes to be implemented on farms, during transportation, and in slaughter plants. While there is a wealth of information on animal behaviour, ethics and factors effecting welfare, there is little to guide veterinarians and managers in evaluating animal welfare and improving it. This textbook aims to help those working with animals to apply practical methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical application. Drawing on the editor's extensive experience in teaching and auditing, and contributions from international experts, this book provides a guide to practical evaluation and auditing of welfare problems, emphasizing the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare. This is an essential text for welfare auditing or welfare officer training, and broader animal welfare topics, helping students to apply their knowledge in the field.

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Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandins work includes design of animal handling systems, research on livestock behaviour, and auditing animal welfare. She has visited 26 countries and has served on the OIE animal welfare ad hoc committee for slaughter. Her previous livestock books are: Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals and Humane Livestock Handling. Her popular press books on animal behaviour have been both U.S. and international bestsellers. Throughout her career, Dr. Grandin has worked to combine scientific research results with practical application in the field. In the North America half, the cattle are handled in equipment she designed for meat plants. She has received awards for her work on animal welfare from both the livestock industry and animal welfare NGOs. She has swards from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The American Meat Institute, American Society for Animal Science and the Humane Society of the U.S.


1. The Importance of Measurement to Improve the Welfare of Livestock, Poultry and Fish; 2. Why is Agricultural Animal Welfare Important? The Social and Ethnical Context; 3. Implementing Effective Standards and Scoring Systems for Assessing Animal Welfare on Farms and Slaughter Plants; 4. The Importance of Good Stockmanship and its Benefits for the Animals; 5. How to Improve Livestock Handling and Reduce Stress; 6. Painful Husbandry Procedures in Livestock and Poultry; 7. Welfare During Transport of Livestock and Poultry; 8. Animal Well-Being and Behavioral Needs on the Farm; 9. Improving Livestock, Poultry, and Fish Welfare in Slaughter Plants with Auditing Programs; 10. Recommended On-Farm Euthanasia Practices; 11. The Effect of Economic Factors on the Welfare of Livestock and Poultry; 12. Improving Animal Welfare: Practical Approaches for Achieving Change; 13. Practical Methods for Improving the Welfare of Horses, Donkeys, and Other Working Draught Animals in Developing Areas; 14. Successful Technology Transfer of Behavioral and Animal Welfare Research to the Farm and Slaughter Plant; 15. Why are Behavioral Needs Important?

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/07/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781845935412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781845935412
  • weight: 920
  • ISBN10: 1845935411

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