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Animal welfare.

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This second edition book is a collection of topics on animal welfare from 46 authors of varying expertise of 15 countries. The book is composed of five parts: I (issues), introduces the background and philosophy of animal welfare; II (problems), covers problems of animal welfare; III (assessment), considers various approaches to the assessment of animal welfare; IV (solutions), emphasizes how prob...

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Chapter 6 (Page no: 78)

Fear and other negative emotions.

Concern for animal welfare stems from the recognition that animals are sentient beings capable of experiencing negative emotions, such as fear, pain and frustration. Fear is a major emotion in determining how animals perceive and respond to their social and physical environment. We tackle three main areas. Our first section on the assessment of fear embraces the diversity of frightening events and fear responses, various ways of assessing the fear state, the concept of fearfulness as related to temperament, and the need for stringent validation of tests and measures. Emotions are generally viewed as the result of how an individual evaluates a triggering situation according to its relevance, the likely consequences and the potential for control. Secondly, we review reported interactions between cognition and emotion and explore a possible role for cognitive ability in the assessment of emotional states: we ask whether fear-induced cognitive bias can be used to probe long-lasting affective states, and we examine the role of specific aspects, such as predictability and controllability. Thirdly, we revisit the damaging effects of fear and other negative emotions. Harmful consequences of intense and/or prolonged fear include health and welfare problems (withdrawal, injury, reduced immunocompetence, pathological anxiety), management problems (e.g. difficulty in handling and moving animals), as well as damaging effects on production, product quality and profitability. Finally, before concluding, we briefly mention the main ways of alleviating fear and the need for such strategies to be practical.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Animal ethics. Author(s): Palmer, C. Sandøe, P.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 13) Understanding animal welfare. Author(s): Keeling, L. J. Rushen, J. Duncan, I. J. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 27) Environmental challenge and animal agency. Author(s): Špinka, M. Wemelsfelder, F.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 44) Hunger and thirst. Author(s): Kyriazakis, I. Tolkamp, B.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 64) Pain. Author(s): Viñuela-Fernández, I. Weary, D. M. Flecknell, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 98) Behavioural restriction. Author(s): Mason, G. J. Burn, C. C.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 120) Health and disease. Author(s): Cockram, M. S. Hughes, B. O.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 138) Behaviour. Author(s): Olsson, I. A. S. Würbel, H. Mench, J. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 155) Physiology. Author(s): Blache, D. Terlouw, C. Maloney, S. K.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 183) Preference and motivation research. Author(s): Fraser, D. Nicol, C. J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 200) Practical strategies to assess (and improve) welfare. Author(s): Butterworth, A. Mench, J. A. Wielebnowski, N.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 215) Physical conditions. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L. Appleby, M. C. Waran, N. K.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 228) Social conditions. Author(s): Galindo, F. Newberry, R. C. Mendl, M.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 246) Human contact. Author(s): Hemsworth, P. H. Boivin, X.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 263) Genetic selection. Author(s): Hocking, P. M. D'Eath, R. B. Kjaer, J. B.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 279) Economics. Author(s): Bennett, R. Thompson, P.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 291) Incentives and enforcement. Author(s): Knierim, U. Pajor, E. A. Jackson, W. T. Steiger, A.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 304) International issues. Author(s): Appleby, M. C. Huertas, S. M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • 110 Blackford Avenue, Edinburgh EH9 3HH, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845936594
  • Record Number
  • 20113188677