Discomfort analysis in farmed animals: reconsiderations of the underlying welfare approach

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The degree to which production animals experience discomfort was systematically listed and scored in a series of studies. The method aimed at isolating negative feelings of the animals (discomfort) from other welfare aspects. The method was developed in 2007, and applied to several animal categories between 2007 and 2011. In 2018, the approach was repeated extensively for two sectors (broiler chickens and veal calves) on request of an NGO. An early reflection reveals some methodological and communicative issues that may affect stakeholder acceptance. This pleads for further reflection on the position of (reductionist) academic contributions in the Dutch multi-stakeholder societal debate on animal welfare.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable governance and management of food systems: ethical perspectives
EditorsE. Vinnari, M. Vinnari
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868926
ISBN (Print)9789086863419
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2019
EventEurSafe 2019 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 18 Sep 201921 Sep 2019


ConferenceEurSafe 2019


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