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Tuesday, May 24 • 13:30 - 14:30
Do animals know what’s good for them? - Aligning animal preferences and their biological needs in welfare studies

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As animal welfare has become an increasingly important issue, there has been a focus on what constitutes animal welfare and how we can measure it. One approach has been to try to measure how the animal itself perceives its situation. Another approach has been to measure the biological function of the animal, through changes in physiology or health. Animal preferences may provide some insight into how an animal perceives its situation through indicating which of two or more choices it desires. However, the question is often asked – ‘Is this particular preferred choice good for them?’ This paper examines what we know about the links between animal preferences and their biological needs

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Professor Andrew Fisher

Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne, Werribee, Victoria
Andrew Fisher worked in practice in Colac in Victoria and in northern England. After a PhD in beef cattle health in Dublin, he worked for five years with AgResearch in New Zealand, conducting research aimed at improving dairy cow management. In 2002, Andrew joined the CSIRO, and researched... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre