Assessing the Importance of Natural Behavior for Animal Welfare

  title={Assessing the Importance of Natural Behavior for Animal Welfare},
  author={Marc B M Bracke and Hans Hopster},
  journal={Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics},
  • M. Bracke, H. Hopster
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
The concept of natural behavior is a key element in current Dutch policy-making on animal welfare. It emphasizes that animals need positive experiences, in addition to minimized suffering. This paper interprets the concept of natural behavior in the context of the scientific framework for welfare assessment. Natural behavior may be defined as behavior that animals have a tendency to exhibit under natural conditions, because these behaviors are pleasurable and promote biological functioning… 

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