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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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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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