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A scientific conception of animal welfare that reflects ethical concerns.
Scientific research on 'animal welfare' began because of ethical concerns over the quality of life of animals, and the public looks to animal welfare research for guidance regarding these concerns.Expand
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Sow body movements that crush piglets: a comparison between two types of farrowing accommodation
Abstract Crushing by the sow is a major cause of death for piglets. The behavior of 20 sows and their litters kept in two types of farrowing accommodation (farrowing crates and more open pens) wasExpand
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Using preference, motivation and aversion tests to ask scientific questions about animals’ feelings
Abstract The past 30 years has seen an increased willingness for scientists to assess the subjective experiences of animals. There are good reasons to believe that domesticated animals are sentientExpand
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Crushing of piglets by sows: effects of litter features, pen features and sow behaviour
Abstract Crushing of piglets by sows in farrowing pens was studied in a 2×2 experiment to evaluate the effect of different pen design features. Pens had either concrete or plastic-coated expandedExpand
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Alternative housing for sows and litters.: Part 4. Effects of sow-controlled housing combined with a communal piglet area on pre- and post-weaning behaviour and performance
Abstract Previous experimental work has shown modest and variable production and welfare benefits for the lactating sow and piglets when sows are allowed to separate themselves temporarily from theirExpand
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Effects of stall or small group gestation housing on the production, health and behaviour of gilts
The effects of housing gestating gilts in groups of four (G, n = 8) or individual stalls (S, n = 14) on production, health and behavioural time budget were evaluated. Gilts were allocated to aExpand
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Heat or Insulation: Behavioral Titration of Mouse Preference for Warmth or Access to a Nest
In laboratories, mice are housed at 20–24°C, which is below their lower critical temperature (≈30°C). This increased thermal stress has the potential to alter scientific outcomes. Nesting materialExpand
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Regulation of Contact with Offspring by Domestic Sows: Temporal Patterns and Individual Variation
We used a sow-controlled housing system to examine temporal and individual variation in the tendency of sows to associate with young. During a 5-week lactation, 22 sows and litters were housed in aExpand
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Consumption of solid food by suckling pigs: individual variation and relation to weight gain
Individual daily consumption of supplementary solid food (‘creep feed’) was measured from Day 10 to weaning at Day 28 for 39 piglets in four litters, and its relationship to body weight and weightExpand
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Effects of management options on creep feeding by piglets
Effects of creep food presentation on feeding behaviour and intake were studied with eight litters of eight to 10 Yorkshire × Landrace piglets in the 3rd and 4th weeks after birth, before weaning atExpand
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