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Animal welfare has become an important feature in animal production, since the onset of intensive breeding farms. Besides rising humanitarian concern, research has developed important tools to monitor animal health and welfare and have identified many issues in the breeding system that can be fixed.
Producing animal derived food in a humane way is possible and affordable. We have to raise awareness to this fact in both farmers and consumers to promote the best farming conditions.
Stress and welfare are words widely used and they have developed a range of meaning. The terms tend to be used in order to avoid being too specific about the nature of particular difficulties. Many of the issues surrounding these difficulties are receiving increasing public and scientific attention because of their social and ethical implications.
The occurrence of sporadic stressor events are easily managed by the animal. Those events have no negative effects and may even allow the animal to increase its capability of adaptation. However, the persistence of stressing conditions impairs the animal well-being in many ways.
During the 50 years since animal welfare emerged as a legitimate area of scientific study no universally endorsed definition of it has emerged. So welfare is a science that is constantly updated.
Please watch the video above and share any comments that you have about the impact of animal welfare in the discussion area.
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Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment
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