Animal welfare and society concerns finding the missing link

Young adults in developed countries are distanced from agriculture and the meat industry needs to do a better job of communicating with them. A major welfare concern is slaughter without stunning. Other concerns, such as poor stunning or high levels of bruising, can be easily corrected by management who is committed to maintaining high standards. Another . . . → Read More: Animal welfare and society concerns finding the missing link

Vet ethics: Considering our consumption

On the recommendation of my vegan brother I read John Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals, which as you may know or have just now guessed, prosecutes an argument against meat eating. Safran Foer is a popular American novelist, and his novels have been turned into movies. He also has a major in philosophy. Early in Eating . . . → Read More: Vet ethics: Considering our consumption

Stunning and animal welfare from Islamic and scientific perspectives

The transformation of an animal into pieces fit for human consumption is a very important operation. Rather than argue about halal slaughter without stunning being inhumane or stunning being controversial from the Islamic point of view, we discuss slaughter, stunning and animal welfare considering both Islamic and animal welfare legislation requirements. With the world Muslim population . . . → Read More: Stunning and animal welfare from Islamic and scientific perspectives

ESSAY: The Importance of Reducing Stocking Density to Improve Broiler Welfare

Introduction
As global meat consumption continues to rise and consumers show ever more interest in the origin of their food, maintenance of the welfare of production animals has never before been so important (Decuypere et al., 2010). Of all the production animals, broiler chickens are the most intensively farmed, often to the detriment of their welfare. Although there are several elements to be considered with regard to broiler welfare, this essay focuses on stocking density – a major welfare concern in conventional broiler farming today (Petek et al., 2010). Continue reading ESSAY: The Importance of Reducing Stocking Density to Improve Broiler Welfare