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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318464/effects-of-a-dietary-crude-fibre-concentrate-on-growth-in-weaned-piglets
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P Superchi, R Saleri, P Borghetti, G Ferrarini, V Cavalli, M Sereni, S Zavattini, A Sabbioni
Many fibre sources can help the adaptation of piglets at weaning, improving the growth. In this study, the effects of a dietary crude fibre concentrate (CFC) on piglet's growth was investigated. From 31 to 51 days of age, 108 weaned piglets (D×(Lw×L)), had access to two isofibrous, isoenergetic and isonitrogenous diets, supplemented with 1% of CFC (CFC group) or not (control (CON) group). From days 52 to 64 all piglets received the same starter diet. During the dietary treatment period the CFC group showed higher average daily gain, average daily feed intake and feed efficiency (P<0...
March 20, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314053/fish-for-dinner-balancing-risks-benefits-and-values-in-formulating-food-consumption-advice
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Karen Rideout, Tom Kosatsky
Many and complex factors underlie seemingly simple decisions about what to eat. This is particularly so for foods such as fish, which present consumers with both risks and benefits. Advice about what type of and how much fish to consume is abundant, but that advice is often confusing or contradictory, reflecting the differing mandates and orientations of those advising. We survey a range of issues that can and should be incorporated into dietary advice, and offer tools for health agencies tasked with providing it...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300608/towards-a-reduced-meat-diet-mindset-and-motivation-of-young-vegetarians-low-medium-and-high-meat-eaters
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Joop de Boer, Hanna Schösler, Harry Aiking
This study provides insight into differences and similarities in the mindset and motivation of four dietary groups (young self-declared vegetarians, low, medium and high meat-eaters) to support the development of strategies for a general transition to a less meat-based diet. The paper highlights the value of the identity concept for our understanding of both vegetarians and meat eaters. The analysis involves a comparison of the four dietary groups focusing on the strength and the profile of their food-related motivation and their reasons for and against frequent meat eating...
March 11, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298228/is-transport-distance-correlated-with-animal-welfare-and-carcass-quality-of-reindeer-rangifer-tarandus-tarandus
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Sauli Laaksonen, Pikka Jokelainen, Jyrki Pusenius, Antti Oksanen
BACKGROUND: Slaughter reindeer are exposed to stress caused by gathering, handling, loading and unloading, and by conditions in vehicles during transport. These stress factors can lead to compromised welfare and trauma such as bruises or fractures, aspiration of rumen content, and abnormal odour in carcasses, and causing condemnations in meat inspection and lower meat quality. We investigated the statistical association of slaughter transport distance with these indices using meat inspection data from years 2004-2016, including inspection of 669,738 reindeer originating from Finnish reindeer herding areas...
March 15, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294637/exploring-the-economic-potential-of-reducing-broiler-lameness
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É Gocsik, A M Silvera, H Hansson, H W Saatkamp, H J Blokhuis
1. The present study was designed firstly to explore the potential economic benefits of adopting management practices to reduce lameness in broiler farms, and secondly to explore farmers' possible perceptions of this potential in the Swedish context. 2. The likely financial effects were addressed using a normative economic model, whereas a questionnaire based survey was used to obtain in-depth knowledge about the perceptions of a group of broiler farmers in Sweden. 3. Results suggest that within the Swedish context there is potential to reduce lameness, to thereby improve animal welfare, and to simultaneously increase economic performance...
March 15, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294097/more-tail-lesions-among-undocked-than-tail-docked-pigs-in-a-conventional-herd
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H P Lahrmann, M E Busch, R B D'Eath, B Forkman, C F Hansen
The vast majority of piglets reared in the European Union (EU) and worldwide is tail docked to reduce the risk of being tail bitten, even though EU animal welfare legislation bans routine tail docking. Many conventional herds experience low levels of tail biting among tail docked pigs, however it is not known, what the prevalence would have been had the pigs not been tail docked. The aim of this study was to compare the prevalence of tail lesions between docked and undocked pigs in a conventional piggery in Denmark with very low prevalence of tail biting among tail docked pigs...
March 15, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287586/introducing-clicker-training-as-a-cognitive-enrichment-for-laboratory-mice
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Charlotte Leidinger, Felix Herrmann, Christa Thöne-Reineke, Nadine Baumgart, Jan Baumgart
Establishing new refinement strategies in laboratory animal science is a central goal in fulfilling the requirements of Directive 2010/63/EU. Previous research determined a profound impact of gentle handling protocols on the well-being of laboratory mice. By introducing clicker training to the keeping of mice, not only do we promote the amicable treatment of mice, but we also enable them to experience cognitive enrichment. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement training using a conditioned secondary reinforcer, the "click" sound of a clicker, which serves as a time bridge between the strengthened behavior and an upcoming reward...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287420/the-need-for-formal-evidence-synthesis-in-food-policy-a-case-study-of-willingness-to-pay
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Beth Clark, Lynn J Frewer, Luca A Panzone, Gavin B Stewart
Meta-analysis is increasingly utilised in the understanding of consumer behaviour, including in relation to farm animal welfare. However, the issue of publication bias has received little attention. As willingness-to-pay (WTP) is widely used in policy, it is important to explore publication bias. This research aimed to evaluate publication bias in WTP, specifically public WTP for farm animal welfare. A systematic review of four databases yielded 54 studies for random effects meta-analysis. Publication bias was assessed by the Egger test, rank test, contour-enhanced funnel plots, and the Vevea and Hedges weight-function model...
March 10, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287391/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-domestic-pets-from-metropolitan-regions-of-panama
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Claudia Rengifo-Herrera, Edwin Pile, Anabel García, Alexander Pérez, Dimas Pérez, Felicia K Nguyen, Valli de la Guardia, Rima Mcleod, Zuleima Caballero
Toxoplasmosis is a worldwide zoonotic disease but information regarding domestic animals in Central America is scarce and fragmented. The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in domestic cats and dogs in different metropolitan regions of Panama. A total of 576 samples were collected; sera from 120 cats and 456 dogs were tested using a commercial indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The overall seroprevalence of IgG antibodies was 30.73%. There is high seroprevalence of T...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286082/behavioural-and-hormonal-effects-of-member-replacement-in-captive-groups-of-blue-fronted-amazon-parrots-amazona-aestiva
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Laerciana Silva de Souza Matos, Rupert Palme, Angélica da Silva Vasconcellos
Social species in captivity may face allostatic overload due to artificial grouping and other social constraints. In rescue centres, groups of psittacines are constantly mixed due to the arrival and/or release of individuals; this procedure is potentially harmful to animal welfare. This study aimed at evaluating the possible impacts of mate replacement on the stress levels of captive blue-fronted amazon parrots (Amazona aestiva). During five weeks, we recorded agonistic interactions and dropping-glucocorticoid metabolites (GCM) concentrations of individuals allocated in a group whose members were kept constant and in a group subjected to frequent member replacement...
March 9, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284125/consumer-preferences-for-pig-welfare-can-the-market-accommodate-more-than-one-level-of-welfare-pork
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Sigrid Denver, Peter Sandøe, Tove Christensen
The purpose of the present paper is to investigate the market potential of pork labelled to indicate medium and high levels of animal welfare. The paper asks, in particular, whether there is a risk that Danish consumers will abandon high level welfare pork if less expensive products with a medium level of animal welfare became available. The study was based on an online questionnaire with a choice experiment involving 396 Danish respondents. The results indicated that the Danish market could accommodate more than one pork product with a welfare label but the price differential separating medium and high level animal welfare pork will have to be quite narrow...
February 22, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283623/charities-set-out-a-10-point-plan-to-protect-animal-welfare-during-brexit
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March 11, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282913/of-fur-feather-and-fin-human-s-use-and-concern-for-non-human-species
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Elizabeth Byrd, Nicole Olynk Widmar, Joan Fulton
The public's concern for animal welfare is evolving and it is important to consider factors that are related to concern for animals and their use by humans. An online survey of 825 U.S. residents was conducted. Relationships between approval of animal uses and stated concern for animal welfare were examined. More than 90% of respondents reported that using animals for egg production, service or therapy, pets, and milk production was acceptable to them. Respondents who were younger or reported being female less frequently found most uses acceptable than older or male respondents...
March 9, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279899/the-connection-between-animal-abuse-and-interpersonal-violence-a-review-from-the-veterinary-perspective
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REVIEW
Stefany Monsalve, Fernando Ferreira, Rita Garcia
Several studies have reported a connection between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. The importance of veterinarians in recognizing and intervening in the cycle of violence has been debated in different articles. This review outlines the findings about this connection around the world and describes the role veterinarians play in this field. We looked up electronic databases and analyzed articles published between 1960 and 2016. Publications were classified into three categories: area of publication, topic of the study and continent where the study had been conducted...
March 1, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275207/whip-rule-breaches-in-a-major-australian-racing-jurisdiction-welfare-and-regulatory-implications
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Jennifer Hood, Carolyn McDonald, Bethany Wilson, Phil McManus, Paul McGreevy
Whip use in horseracing is increasingly being questioned on ethical, animal welfare, social sustainability, and legal grounds. Despite this, there is weak evidence for whip use and its regulation by Stewards in Australia. To help address this, we characterised whip rule breaches recorded by Stewards using Stewards Reports and Race Diaries from 2013 and 2016 in New SouthWales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). There were more recorded breaches at Metropolitan (M) than Country (C) or Provincial (P) locations, and by riders of horses that finished first, second, or third than by riders of horses that finished in other positions...
January 16, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273822/therapeutic-horseback-riding-crossover-effects-of-attachment-behaviors-with-family-pets-in-a-sample-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Jessie D Petty, Zhaoxing Pan, Briar Dechant, Robin L Gabriels
The unique needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have implications for animal welfare. This nested pilot study examined the effects of a randomized trial of 10-week therapeutic horseback riding (THR) intervention versus a no-horse barn activity (BA) control group on children's behaviors with family pets. Sixty-seven (THR n = 31; BA n = 36) participants with ASD (ages 6-16 years) with one or more family pet, were enrolled from a larger trial (n = 116) following their randomization to intervention groups, stratified by nonverbal intellectual ability...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273159/the-challenge-of-monitoring-elusive-large-carnivores-an-accurate-and-cost-effective-tool-to-identify-and-sex-pumas-puma-concolor-from-footprints
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Sky Alibhai, Zoe Jewell, Jonah Evans
Acquiring reliable data on large felid populations is crucial for effective conservation and management. However, large felids, typically solitary, elusive and nocturnal, are difficult to survey. Tagging and following individuals with VHF or GPS technology is the standard approach, but costs are high and these methodologies can compromise animal welfare. Such limitations can restrict the use of these techniques at population or landscape levels. In this paper we describe a robust technique to identify and sex individual pumas from footprints...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272340/factors-which-influence-owners-when-deciding-to-use-chemotherapy-in-terminally-ill-pets
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Jane Williams, Catherine Phillips, Hollie Marie Byrd
Chemotherapy is a commonly integrated treatment option within human and animal oncology regimes. Limited research has investigated pet owners' treatment decision-making in animals diagnosed with malignant neoplasia. Dog and cat owners were asked to complete an online questionnaire to elucidate factors which are key to the decision making process. Seventy-eight respondents completed the questionnaire in full. Fifty-eight percent of pet owners would not elect to treat pets with chemotherapy due to the negative impact of the associated side effects...
March 7, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272316/corporate-reporting-on-farm-animal-welfare-an-evaluation-of-global-food-companies-discourse-and-disclosures-on-farm-animal-welfare
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Rory Sullivan, Nicky Amos, Heleen A van de Weerd
The views that food companies hold about their responsibilities for animal welfare can strongly influence the lives and welfare of farm animals. If a company's commitment is translated into action, it can be a major driver of animal welfare. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is an annual evaluation of farm animal welfare-related practices, reporting and performance of food companies. The framework evaluates how close, based on their disclosures, companies are to best practice in three areas: Management Commitment, Governance & Performance and Leadership & Innovation...
March 6, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263118/a-model-curriculum-for-the-study-of-animal-welfare-in-colleges-and-schools-of-veterinary-medicine
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Linda K Lord, Suzanne T Millman, Lawrence Carbone, Nigel Cook, Andrew Fisher, Dorothy McKeegan, David Morton, Ed Pajor, Jose M Peralta, Sheilah Ann Robertson, Janice Siegford, P Gary Egrie, Ted Y Mashima, Patricia V Turner, Gail C Golab, Emily Patterson-Kane
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March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
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