Improving Animal Welfare, A Practical Approach, 3rd Edition

Completely revised, updated and with four new chapters on sustainability, new technologies, precision agriculture and the future of animal welfare, the third edition of this highly successful textbook:

  • Is edited by an outstanding world expert on animal welfare.
  • Emphasizes throughout the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare, such as lameness, heat stress, body condition, and bruises during transport.
  • Combines scientific information with practical recommendations for use on commercial operations.
  • Reviews practical information on livestock handling, euthanasia, slaughter, pain relief, and assessments of abnormal behavior.

Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach remains essential reading for students and practitioners of ethology, animal and veterinary science, veterinary medicine, as well as those working directly with farm animals and committed to improving their welfare.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

  • Chapter 1: An Introduction to Implementing an Effective Animal Welfare Program
  • Chapter 2: The Importance of Measurement to Improve the Welfare of Livestock, Poultry and Fish
  • Chapter 3: Why is Agricultural Animal Welfare Important? The Social and Ethical Context
  • Chapter 4: Implementing Effective Animal-based Measurements for Assessing Animal Welfare on Farms and Slaughter Plants
  • Chapter 5: How to Improve Livestock Handling and Reduce Stress
  • Chapter 6: Painful Husbandry Procedures in Livestock and Poultry
  • Chapter 7: The Importance of Good Stockmanship and its Benefits to Animals
  • Chapter 8: Animal Behaviour and Emotions – On-farm Considerations
  • Chapter 9: Improving Livestock, Poultry and Fish Welfare in Slaughter Plants with Auditing Programs and Animal-based Measures
  • Chapter 10: Recommended On-farm Euthanasia Practices
  • Chapter 11: Welfare During Transport of Livestock and Poultry
  • Chapter 12: Animal Well-being on Organic Farms
  • Chapter 13: A Practical Approach on Sustainability for Supply Chain Managers of Meat, Dairy, and Other Animal Proteins
  • Chapter 14: The Effect of Economic Factors on the Welfare of Livestock and Poultry
  • Chapter 15: Improving Animal Care and Welfare: Practical Approach for Achieving Change
  • Chapter 16: Successful Technology Transfer of Behavioral and Animal Welfare Research to the Farm and Slaughter Plant
  • Chapter 17: Future of Animal Welfare – Technological Innovations for Individualized Animal Care
  • Chapter 18: Technology Designed to Enhance Poultry Welfare
  • Chapter 19: Precision Livestock Farming and Technology in Swine Welfare
  • Chapter 20: Practical Methods for Improving the Welfare of Equids: Horses, Donkeys, and Mules

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