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Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior
Robert J. Richards contends that Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and their disciples attempted to reanimate moral life, believing that the evolutionary process gave heart to unselfish, altruistic behavior. Expand
From an animal's point of view: Motivation, fitness, and animal welfare.
To study animal welfare empirically we need an objective basis for deciding when an animal is suffering. Suffering includes a wide range ofunpleasant emotional states such as fear, boredom, pain, andExpand
Receiver psychology and the evolution of animal signals
Abstract Despite decades of interest, the adaptive significance of the extraordinary diversity in the design of animal signals remains elusive. It is suggested that signal design consists of twoExpand
Chicken welfare is influenced more by housing conditions than by stocking density
It is shown that differences among producers in the environment that they provide for chickens have more impact on welfare than has stocking density itself, and this will genuinely improve bird welfare. Expand
Battery hens name their price: Consumer demand theory and the measurement of ethological ‘needs’
  • M. Dawkins
  • Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • 1 November 1983
Abstract The concept of an ‘ethological need’ has assumed a prominent place in recent discussions of animal welfare, although the term itself is surrounded by confusion. It is here argued that someExpand
Using behaviour to assess animal welfare
Rather than construct lists of many different welfare indicators and give each of them the same weight, I argue that the assessment of animal welfare should be directed at answering two keyExpand
What makes free-range broiler chickens range? In situ measurement of habitat preference
It is argued that this ‘in situ’ measurement of habitat preference of the chickens could be widely used in a variety of situations and that it thus constitutes an important noninvasive and nonintrusive method for assessing animal welfare on commercial farms. Expand
Animal Suffering: The Science Of Animal Welfare
1 Introduction.- 2 The subjective experience of animals.- 3 Suffering, health and 'productivity'.- 4 Suffering and the 'unnatural' life.- 5 The physiology of suffering.- 6 Behaviour and suffering.- 7Expand
A user's guide to animal welfare science.
  • M. Dawkins
  • Medicine
  • Trends in ecology & evolution
  • 1 February 2006
Here, I provide a guide for those new to the burgeoning field of animal welfare science as to what this comprehensive, relatively young discipline is all about. Drawing on all branches of biology,Expand