The Welfare of Pigs

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Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 26, 2008 - Science - 350 pages
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The domestic pig is perceived as an animal with intelligence and character and yet, in the industrialized world, the majority of people have had little or no contact with them. Pigs are subject to a wide range of environments from the tropics to the sub-arctic, ranging from small-scale, extensive systems to large-scale intensive systems. They may spend their whole life on one farm or may be subject to long-distance transport multiple times. Not surprisingly, many aspects of their life experiences can impact their welfare.

This book brings together a team of leading pig welfare research scientists to review the natural history of the pig, the welfare of pigs at different stages of life and to indicate what the future holds in terms of pig welfare. The text is aimed at researchers and teachers working in veterinary and animal science together with those working in the pig industry and for governmental and non-governmental animal welfare organizations.

 

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Contents

Introduction to the Welfare of Pigs
1
The Natural Behaviour of the Pig
13
Advances in the Study of Cognition Behavioural Priorities and Emotions
47
Welfare of Dry Sows
95
Welfare of Pigs in the Farrowing Environment
141
Housing the Fattening Pig
189
Pigs and Humans
211
Balance Between Porcine Disease and Welfare
237
Welfare into Practice
287
Welfare of Pigs During Transport and Slaughter
301
Future Perspectives of the Welfare of Pigs
331
Index
343
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