Animal Welfare What Does â€œOur Futureâ€ Need to Know
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Animal Welfare What Does “Our Future” Need to Know? ® Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM Director, Animal Welfare Division Goals and Responsibilities ® Goals of Education Teach people how (not what) to think so that they can make good decisions Inspire (some) to advance the field Animal Welfare Decisions ® Are as much about people as they are about animals Social decisions—Reflect cultural expectations (and causes) of what is and is not acceptable use and care May or may not be informed by science Impact both people and animals ALWAYS have a subjective component—Not a “diagnose and treat” paradigm; difficult for many veterinary students (and faculty) to get comfortable with “Good” Animal Welfare Decisions Meet animal needs Meet societal needs Most often not a 100% solution To Make Good AW Decisions Students Must… ® Understand… Some nuts-and-bolts How and why animal welfare decisions are made What constitutes a complete assessment of animal welfare What is required to implement good animal welfare choices The Nuts and Bolts ® Scientific fundamentals Physiology ● Production Health ● Behavior Ethical reasoning/how various cultures have addressed ethical conflicts related to use Animal use paradigms—animal exploitation to animal liberation Players/stakeholders—what motivates them and what they hope/need to achieve Scientific/social integration—How all of these factors contribute to approaches to animal welfare assessment (e.g., homeostatic, feelings, five freedoms, animal choices) and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the approaches Continued integration throughout curriculum Implementing Good Choices ® Forest versus trees (the “quick-fix” fallacy) Engagement strategies Voluntary and regulatory frameworks for action Practical realities— Recommendations that are not implementable will NOT achieve the goal of improving animal welfare Thank You For Your Attention! ® Please Let Us Know What We Can Do To Help You! email@example.com Dogs rarely bark at parked cars…if no one is barking about what you’re doing, then you’re probably not doing much!