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Assessing Animal Welfare. Components of Welfare*. Animal Bodies (gestation stalls vs. group housing) Health, disease, growth, reproduction, etc. Animal Minds (anesthesia for castration) Pleasure, pain, etc. Animal Natures (nest building materials)

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Assessing animal welfare

Assessing Animal Welfare


Components of welfare

Components of Welfare*

  • Animal Bodies (gestation stalls vs. group housing)

    • Health, disease, growth, reproduction, etc.

  • Animal Minds (anesthesia for castration)

    • Pleasure, pain, etc.

  • Animal Natures (nest building materials)

    • Natural conditions, natural behaviors, etc.

*Mike Appleby, 1999, What Should We Do About Animal Welfare?


Prospective determines weighting

Prospective determines weighting

  • People engaged in raising animals and veterinary medicine tend to weight the component of animal bodies relatively more.

  • People not engaged in raising animals put relatively more weight upon animal minds and animal natures.

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Discussion assignment

Discussion Assignment

  • Review responses to questions as well as other relevant points raised in the text.

  • Identify relationship between your assigned reading and one or more of the components of welfare (Bodies, Minds or Natures).

  • Identify one or more way(s) in which your group feels companion animal welfare could be improved (related to your text reading).


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