Program 3 - Attitudes to animals and animal welfare, and farmer, consumer and community behaviour

a) The effects of the attitudes of stockpeople, animal handlers and animal owners on the welfare of their animals.

Human behaviour significantly impacts on animals both directly and indirectly. For livestock, direct effects include the adverse impact of inappropriate handling during production and slaughter, where fear and stress, physical trauma, ease of handling, reproductive performance, growth, productivity, health, meat quality and welfare may all be affected. For zoo, laboratory and companion animals, inappropriate handling includes effects on fear, stress, behavioural problems and welfare.
b) The effects of attitudes to animal welfare on consumer and community behaviour.
Indirect effects of human behaviour on all of these animals result from the impact of community attitudes on the use of animals for research, display, companionship and as food and fibre sources.
The projects conducted within this program aim to develop programs which target stockperson attitudes and behaviours that seriously limit animal productivity and welfare and to increase our understanding on how community attitudes and behaviours affect animal welfare through changes in legislation, codes of practice and animal management.

Animal welfare and values

Investigators: A. Fisher, R. Acharya, L. Hemsworth

Funding: Australian Eggs

Commencement date: 2018

Completion date: 2018

This project will engage a panel of experts in AW science, veterinary science and social science to identify and describe values based elements that arise in the context of the available frameworks for animal welfare, allowing for rational assessment and productive engagement on hen welfare issues.



Identifying public and producer attitudes to sheep and cattle animal welfare to inform education  strategies

Investigators: G. Coleman, P. Hemsworth, L. Hemsworth

Funding: Animal Welfare Strategic Partnership Program

Commencement date: 2017

Completion date: 2021

This project will provide the tools for the red meat industry to firstly assess public and producer attitudes to animal welfare issues, their knowledge of the issues and their key opinion leaders and secondly to utilise validated education strategies to address misinformation on practices and disseminate research results on best-animal welfare practice addressing the specific contentious welfare issue in question. 



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