Animal Welfare Competence Center For Africa

Animal welfare and animal rights: Ethics, science and explanations


AS-662-W is a publication by Purdue University that discusses the ethical considerations surrounding the use and treatment of animals. It emphasizes the importance of assessing animal welfare through measures such as behavior and body condition. The authors argue that ethical considerations should be at the forefront of any animal-related decision-making process. The document covers a wide range of topics and provides an overview of the different viewpoints on animal welfare, including utilitarianism and rights-based approaches. It also covers the different ways in which animals are used and treated, including in agriculture, research, and entertainment. The authors provide practical guidance on how to assess animal welfare in each of these contexts, highlighting the importance of considering the animal’s physical and psychological well-being.

The publication provides an overview of the different stakeholders involved in animal welfare, including animal welfare organizations, industry groups, and regulatory bodies.  It also emphasizes the importance of collaboration and communication between these groups in order to improve animal welfare outcomes. is an informative and thought-provoking publication that encourages readers to consider the ethical implications of their actions towards animals. It provides practical guidance on how to evaluate animal welfare in different contexts and emphasizes the importance of collaboration and communication between different stakeholders.


New Animal Welfare Assessment System

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new welfare assessment system that allows animal welfare to be assessed alongside other impacts of farming like carbon emissions and biodiversity. The system uses a range of welfare measurements to assess an animal’s quality of life and combines this with the length of the animal’s life, enabling farms to be compared based on their animal welfare standards. The findings will help address animal welfare concerns in livestock production at a time when demand for meat is increasing globally. The research was carried out on 74 UK pig farming systems, and different farm types were ranked on their animal welfare standards