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Wiktionary

  1. animal welfarenoun

    The viewpoint that it is morally acceptable for humans to use animals (for food, in animal research, as clothing, as entertainment, etc.), as long as the people using the animals avoid causing the animals suffering deemed "unnecessary".

  2. animal welfarenoun

    The movement supporting this viewpoint.

Wikipedia

  1. Animal welfare

    Animal welfare is the well-being of non-human animals. Formal standards of animal welfare vary between contexts, but are debated mostly by animal welfare groups, legislators, and academics. Animal welfare science uses measures such as longevity, disease, immunosuppression, behavior, physiology, and reproduction, although there is debate about which of these best indicate animal welfare. Respect for animal welfare is often based on the belief that nonhuman animals are sentient and that consideration should be given to their well-being or suffering, especially when they are under the care of humans. These concerns can include how animals are slaughtered for food, how they are used in scientific research, how they are kept (as pets, in zoos, farms, circuses, etc.), and how human activities affect the welfare and survival of wild species. There are two forms of criticism of the concept of animal welfare, coming from diametrically opposite positions. One view, held by some thinkers in history, holds that humans have no duties of any kind to animals. The other view is based on the animal rights position that animals should not be regarded as property and any use of animals by humans is unacceptable. Accordingly, some animal rights proponents argue that the perception of better animal welfare facilitates continued and increased exploitation of animals. Some authorities therefore treat animal welfare and animal rights as two opposing positions. Others see animal welfare gains as incremental steps towards animal rights. The predominant view of modern neuroscientists, notwithstanding philosophical problems with the definition of consciousness even in humans, is that consciousness exists in nonhuman animals. However, some still maintain that consciousness is a philosophical question that may never be scientifically resolved. Remarkably, a new study has managed to overcome some of the difficulties in testing this question empirically, and devised a unique way to dissociate conscious from nonconscious perception in animals. In this study conducted in rhesus monkeys, the researchers built experiments predicting completely opposite behavioral outcomes to consciously vs. non-consciously perceived stimuli. Strikingly, the monkeys' behaviors displayed these exact opposite signatures, just like aware and unaware humans tested in the study.

Wikidata

  1. Animal welfare

    Animal welfare is the physical and psychological well-being of animals. It is measured by indicators including behavior, physiology, longevity, and reproduction. The term animal welfare can also mean human concern for animal welfare or a position in a debate on animal ethics and animal rights. This position is measured by attitudes to different types of animal uses. Systematic concern for animal welfare can be based on awareness that non-human animals are sentient and that consideration should be given to their well-being, especially when they are used by humans. These concerns can include how animals are killed for food, how they are used for scientific research, how they are kept as pets, and how human activities affect the survival of endangered species. An ancient object of concern in some civilizations, animal welfare began to take a larger place in Western public policy in 19th-century Britain. Today it is a significant focus of interest or activity in veterinary science, in ethics, and in animal welfare organizations. There are two forms of criticism of the concept of animal welfare, coming from diametrically opposite positions. One view, dating back centuries, asserts that animals are not consciously aware and hence are unable to experience poor welfare. The other view is based on the animal rights position that animals should not be regarded as property and any use of animals by humans is unacceptable. Some authorities thus treat animal welfare and animal rights as two opposing positions. Accordingly, some animal right proponents argue that the perception of better animal welfare facilitates continued and increased exploitation of animals. Others see the increasing concern for animal welfare as incremental steps towards animal rights.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Animal Welfare

    The protection of animals in laboratories or other specific environments by promoting their health through better nutrition, housing, and care.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of animal welfare in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of animal welfare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of animal welfare in a Sentence

  1. David Jaindl:

    We pride ourselves on animal welfare within our operation and are proud of our human treatment of animals, these pictures and videos are misleading. These people broke in in the middle of the night with flashlights on their head. The turkeys are naturally attracted to the light and gather around them. So now, it looks like the barn is a lot more crowded than it really is.

  2. Michelle Cole:

    It's going to put a lot of pressure on animal welfare groups and shelters, and they're going to have to reach out to the community for support.

  3. Leah Bessa:

    We decided to focus on an industry [ food ] that is under a lot of pressure due to animal welfare and environmental concerns, insects aren't sentient beings, and they only grow in the conditions in which they thrive, so the farming conditions cater to their animal welfare needs.

  4. Josh Tetrick:

    Whether it's animal welfare, climate, biodiversity or food safety,( there are) a lot of really important reasons to change how we eat meat.

  5. Aquarium Biologist Halley Miller:

    Like all giant Pacific octopus, The Florida Aquarium’s GPO Farallon is an extremely intelligent creature. Enrichment activities are key to optimal animal welfare as a result the professional care team provide her with a wide variety of activities from puzzles, to painting and more, this was first time we presented Farallon this activity.She was very engaged with the canvases; using her arms and suckers to push around the paint.

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