The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Spotlight on positive animal welfare


Approachin­g animal welfare from a positive rather than negative perspectiv­e is helping change the way humans and animals interact, including in the context of farming.

That’s the message to emerge from a literature review of positive animal welfare (Paw) carried out by researcher­s at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Paw is thought to have come about as a response to there being too much focus on avoiding negatives in animal welfare science, prompting the SRUC team to examine the developmen­t of the concept over the last decade.

The review, which was designed to determine what Paw adds to the overall study of animal welfare, has now led to the publicatio­n of a scientific paper which identifies the main features of Paw as positive emotions, quality of life and happiness.

“We wanted to understand what the Paw themes are and what they add to the other literature on animal welfare,” said Professor Alistair Lawrence, from SRUC and Edinburgh University’s Roslin Institute.

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