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Assessing measures of animal welfare

Browning, Heather ORCID: 0000-0003-1554-7052 (2022) Assessing measures of animal welfare. Biology and Philosophy, 37 (4). ISSN 0169-3867

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10539-022-09862-1

Abstract

There are many decision contexts in which we require accurate information on animal welfare, in ethics, management, and policy. Unfortunately, many of the methods currently used for estimating animal welfare in these contexts are subjective and unreliable, and thus unlikely to be accurate. In this paper, I look at how we might apply principled methods from animal welfare science to arrive at more accurate scores, which will then help us in making the best decisions for animals. I construct and apply a framework of desiderata for welfare measures, to assess the best of the currently available methods and argue that a combined use of both a whole-animal measure and a combination measurement framework for assessing welfare will give us the most accurate answers to guide our action.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.springer.com/journal/10539
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 11:00
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 16:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115405

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