Improving Animal Welfare
This book contains 16 chapters on the measurement and assessment of animal welfare. Topics include the social and ethical aspects of animal welfare, standards and scoring systems for assessing welfare on farms and abattoirs, good stockmanship and improvement of handling procedures to reduce stress and benefit the animals, painful surgical procedures and welfare during transport of livestock and poultry, wellbeing and behavioural needs of animals in farms, improvement of welfare during slaughter in abattoirs with auditing programmes, recommended euthanasia practices, the economic impact on animal welfare, practical approaches for improving welfare, methods for improving the welfare of working/draught animals, technology transfer of behavioural and welfare research to farms and abattoirs and the importance of behavioural needs of animals. An index and a list of useful websites are also included. This book will be useful to students and animal welfare specialist trainees, as well as for veterinarians, managers and animal scientists to implement effective practical programmes to improve animal welfare.