What's new at AWSC!
- Scientific commentary: animal abuse and cruelty in livestock production
- Carbon dioxide stunning of pigs - a commentary
- AWSC Annual Report available now
- Optimise animal welfare and visitor experience - ARC Linkage Project to commence 2014
Hemsworth, Prof Paul H; Coleman, Prof Grahame J; Rassool, Dr Roger P; Fanson, Dr Kerry V; Hosey, A/Prof Geoffrey R; Butler, Mr Kym L; Magrath, Dr Michael; Melfi, Dr Victoria A; Husher, Dr Kira; Peake, Dr David J
Industry Partners: - Zoos Victoria, Taronga Conservation Society, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Detect Australia
Extensive research on human-animal relationships in agricultural and domestic settings shows that human-animal interaction affects animal behaviour and welfare, which in turn affect human attitudes to animals. As conservation and welfare organisations, zoos aim to provide visitors with opportunities to closely interact with animals to improve visitor experience and conservation outcomes, whilst maintaining good animal welfare. Some visitor interactions may be stressful for some animals creating conflict between animal welfare and visitor experience. By determining visitor effects, this project aims to provide zoos with practical animal management and educational strategies to optimise both animal welfare and visitor experience.