Keyword : Human-animal relationships

Early human contact and housing for pigs - Part 1: responses to humans, novelty and isolation

M E Lucas, L M Hemsworth, K L Butler, R S Morrison, A J Tilbrook, J N Marchant, J-L Rault, R Y Galea, P H Hemsworth

Published in 2024

Scientific article showing the beneficial impact of early human contact on the subsequent emotional responses of piglets reared in a conventional farrowing cage or in a free-range farrowing pen.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Porcines

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Animal housing, Housing, Restraint equipment, Maternal, Fear, Human-animal relationship, Stress

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Bien-être animal : lancement du plan national pour améliorer le bien-être des animaux de compagnie

French Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Published in 2024

Press release from the Ministry announcing the launch on May 22, 2024 of a national pet welfare plan. Based on awareness-raising and provision of information, this national plan aims to prevent and combat the abandonment and abuse of pets, and to improve the management of canine and feline strays.

Document types: Regulation/Certification

Animal categories: Canines, Felines, Exotic pets

Keywords: Adoption,Abandonment, Human-animal relationship, Population management, Abuse

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A field approach to observing changes in behavioural welfare indicators over 2 years in stabled horses

A. Ruet, J. Lemarchand, C. Briant, C. Arnould, L. Lansade

Published in 2024

Article describing behavioral variations in stabled horses at 2-year intervals. Among the welfare indicators observed at the individual level, aggressive behaviour towards humans increased, while resting postures decreased. Other observed behaviours (stereotypies, withdrawal, alert and observation postures) did not change significantly over time.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Equines

Keywords:Adaptation of the animal to the environment, Aggression, Aggressiveness, Animal-based measurement, Welfare indicator, Housing, Personality, Human-animal relationship, Behavioral disorders

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Dairy farmers' preferences for immediate versus late calf separation

Albert Boaitey

Published in 2024

Analysis of a survey carried out in the US to gain an understanding of dairy calf farmers' perceptions of the practice of allowing prolonged contact between mother and calf. The survey concludes that the foster cow system was the preferred alternative to conventional early separation, followed by restricted suckling systems. The lowest-ranked alternative system was free contact between calf and mother.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Bovines

Keywords:Lactation, Housing, Maternity, One Welfare, Human-animal relationship, Weaning,  Livestock farming system

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Exploration of skin redness and immunoglobulin A as markers of the affective states of hens

Delphine Soulet, Anissa Jahoui, Rodrigo Guabiraba, Léa Lansade, Marie-Claire Blache, Benoît Piégu, Gaëlle Lefort, Vanaique Guillory, Pascale Quéré, Karine Germain, Frédéric Lévy, Scott A. Love, Aline Bertin, Cécile Arnould

Published in 2024

Scientific article reporting that hens display increased redness of the facial skin in situations eliciting positive or negative affective states, with high-intensity negative situations resulting in the highest degree of redness. Meanwhile, situations could produce minor changes in immunoglobulin A concentrations. The authors conclude that changes in facial skin redness do indeed reflect variations in the hens' affective states and can be used as a marker when assessing the quality of the human-hen relationship.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Poultry

Keywords:Animal-based measurement, Fear, Human-animal relationship, Welfare indicators

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Colloque BOW : Le bâtiment d’élevage, point de rencontre entre l’homme et l’animal

Yannick Ramonet, Frédéric Kergourlay, Vanessa Lollivier

Published in 2024

Conference proceedings from the BOW symposium co-organized by the BATICE and One Welfare RMTs on February 14 and 15, 2024 in Rennes.

Document Types: Technical review

Animal categories: Bovines, Caprines, Equines, Ovines, Porcines, Poultry

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Animal housing, Aggression, Aggressiveness, Enrichment, Housing, One Welfare, Human-animal relationship, Animal welfare indicators, Behavioral disorders, Education, Precision farming, Societal issues, Livestock housing, Livestock system

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Producer perceptions of dairy calf management, behavior, and welfare

S.B. Doyle, C.L. Wickens, J.M.C. Van Os, E.K. Miller-Cushon

Published in 2024

Results of a survey to gain an understanding of dairy calf farmers' perceptions of the management, behavior and welfare of their animals. Farmers seemed to attach great importance to the welfare of their calves. Those who installed group housing were more interested in the subjective welfare of their calves. Individual perceptions of animal welfare would appear to depend on the respondents' practical experience.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Bovines

Key words:Animal housing, Enrichment, Lactation, Housing, Living environment, One Welfare, Human-animal relationship, Farming system, Welfare indicator.

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Catcalls: exotic cats discriminate the voices of familiar caregivers

Crews T, Vonk J, McGuire M.

Published in 2024

Scientific study on whether undomesticated Felidae species recognize familiar human voices by exposing them to audio playbacks of familiar and unfamiliar humans using the cats' names and measuring the latency, intensity and duration of the cats' responses. The results suggest that close human contact rather than domestication is associated with the ability to distinguish between human voices, and that less social species may have socio-cognitive abilities similar to those of more gregarious species.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Felines

Keywords:Animal-based measurement, Human-animal relationship, Socialization, Vocalisation

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Barriers and drivers of farmers to provide outdoor access in pig farming systems: a qualitative study

S. Brajon, C. Tallet, E. Merlot, V. Lollivier

Published in 2024

Results of a survey to identify the obstacles and motivations for French pig farmers to provide free-range access for pigs. Sustainability and the benefits for the health and welfare of animals and farmers are the central concerns of producers considering a change to this system.

Document types: Technical Paper

Animal categories: Porcines

Keywords:Livestock building, Education, Housing, Living environment, One Welfare, Human-animal relationship, Livestock system, Societal issues

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The effect of worker clothing color on stress in laying hens

Genc, M. and Ozenturk, U.

Published in 2024

Scientific article showing the influence of farmers' clothing colors on vocal stress responses in laying hens. White clothing elicited the weakest response, while black and dark blue clothing elicited the strongest.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Poultry

Key words:Fear, Human-Animal Relationship, Stress, Vocalisation

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