Just what is good for the goose or gander?

Oct 06, 2005

Michigan State University in East Lansing has become one of only a few schools offering training in animal welfare assessment.

Although a tiger in the Berlin Zoo and a dairy cow in Wisconsin don't have much in common, each animal has specific welfare needs that must be addressed. But animal welfare experts say assessing those needs is not a simple task.

Such assessments bring qualitative measurements to an area long left to the subjective, and even the emotional, Associate Professor of Animal Science Adroaldo Zanella said.

Zanella developed the idea for the online graduate-level course to prepare students to assess scientifically animal welfare in real-life situations.

"In the past, animal welfare was viewed as a very subjective type of discipline," Zanella said. "Too often we make assumptions on what is good for animals by looking at things from a human perspective and this is a mistake."

The course offers students the opportunity to learn from the world's top animal scientists from the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada.

The course format was reviewed during the 2004 International Society for Applied Ethology Conference, held in Helsinki, Finland.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Tax benefits for housing not as outsized as previously thought, study says

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Should the EU ban on the import of seal products stand?

Apr 30, 2014

Next month, following an appeal by Canada and Norway to overturn the EU ban on the import of seal products, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to announce whether the 2013 decision will be upheld. In an editorial ...

Recommended for you

Freedom and responsibility of science

3 hours ago

Yesterday, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences presented their recommendations for "The Freedom and Responsibility of Science" in Berlin. Both research organizations appeal ...

Feeling bad at work can be a good thing

7 hours ago

(Phys.org) —Research by the University of Liverpool suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, it can be good to feel bad at work, whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes.

3Qs: Citizen journalism in Ferguson

8 hours ago

Tensions have escalated in Ferguson, Missouri, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, by a white police officer. The incident has led to peaceful protests ...

User comments : 0