Australia's research and development capacity in animal welfare

Paul Hamilton Hemsworth, John L Barnett, Mike Rickard, Grahame John Coleman

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The animal welfare movement is increasingly influencing views on animal use and the acceptability of various animal management options. While consumer and public attitudes to animal welfare are likely to be influential in determining society s use of domestic animals, science has a critical role in underpinning governments decisions, on behalf of the community, on animal use and the attendant conditions and compromises. There are four key areas of activity necessary to rationally address genuine animal welfare risks: undertake animal welfare science; understand public and consumers attitudes to animal welfare; provide public and industry education; and set animal welfare standards, through broad stakeholder consultation. Australia s research and development (R D) capacity places it in an excellent position to understand genuine welfare risks to livestock and understand the public s attitude to animal welfare and its interests in engaging in this topic. However, there are some key challenges that will require targeted research, education and consultation by the major stakeholder groups, particularly under the auspices of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23 - 31
Number of pages9
JournalFarm Policy Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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