17 Facts About Animal welfare


Formal standards of animal welfare vary between contexts, but are debated mostly by animal welfare groups, legislators, and academics.

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Animal welfare science uses measures such as longevity, disease, immunosuppression, behavior, physiology, and reproduction, although there is debate about which of these best indicate animal welfare.

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Respect for animal welfare is often based on the belief that nonhuman animals are sentient and that consideration should be given to their well-being or suffering, especially when they are under the care of humans.

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Accordingly, some animal rights proponents argue that the perception of better animal welfare facilitates continued and increased exploitation of animals.

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In principle, the Universal Declaration would call on the United Nations to recognise animals as sentient beings, capable of experiencing pain and suffering, and to recognise that animal welfare is an issue of importance as part of the social development of nations worldwide.

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Animal welfare science is an emerging field that seeks to answer questions raised by the keeping and use of animals, such as whether hens are frustrated when confined in cages, whether the psychological well-being of animals in laboratories can be maintained, and whether zoo animals are stressed by the transport required for international conservation.

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Major concern for the welfare of farmed animals is factory farming in which large numbers of animals are reared in confinement at high stocking densities.

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Research in wild animal welfare has two focuses: the welfare of wild animals kept in captivity and the welfare of animals living in the wild.

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European Union legislation regarding farm animal welfare is regularly re-drafted according to science-based evidence and cultural views.

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Georgia Animal welfare Protection Act of 1986 was a state law enacted in response to the inhumane treatment of companion animals by a pet store chain in Atlanta.

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Also during 2008, California passed Proposition 2, known as the "Prevention of Farm Animal welfare Cruelty Act", which orders new space requirements for farm animals starting in 2015.

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The Federation of Animal Science Societies' Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching is a resource addressing welfare concerns in farm animal research.

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Positive conditions – Providing good animal welfare is sometimes defined by a list of positive conditions which should be provided to the animal.

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John Webster defines animal welfare by advocating three positive conditions: Living a natural life, being fit and healthy, and being happy.

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Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment.

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Animal welfare often refers to a utilitarian attitude towards the well-being of nonhuman animals.

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Animal rights advocates, such as Gary L Francione and Tom Regan, argue that the animal welfare position is inconsistent in logic and ethically unacceptable.

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