Animal Welfare and the Acknowledgement of Cultural Differences

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Abstract

Pigs are considered sentient beings that have a mental capability that warrants attention to their welfare. Cultural values towards animal welfare differ in world regions. Still, authors have argued for world-wide harmonization of animal welfare rules. At the same time, the focus of many animal welfare rules do not address the most significant problems on modern commercial pig farms. The foci of animal welfare rules are often on space (quantity and quality), acute painful practices, equipment, and caretaker behavior. However, the most serious animal welfare issues relate to episodic events such as compromised pigs, lack of appropriately skilled staff, and human behavior (or lack thereof) towards animals. Modern technologies such as image, sound, and building oversight by automated systems can potentially provide better individual pig care. The future should bring us solutions to identifying and resolving episodic negative animal welfare events. The other issues of space and p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11
JournalDefault journal
StatePublished - Feb 15 2022

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