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Spotlight on pos­i­tive an­i­mal wel­fare

- Animals · College · Wildlife · Higher Education · Scotland · University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh · The Roslin Institute

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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