About this Research Topic
Working dogs are prevalent around the world and fulfil many roles, adding social, cultural, and economic value to human lifestyles. Dogs work in herding, guarding, hunting, human assistance, and animal-assisted therapy.
Even though considerable advances have been made regarding their welfare requirements, their wellbeing remains an area of public concern due to overloading and inadequate loading techniques, inadequate equipment, inhumane handling, working while in poor health or too young, poor nutrition and inappropriate management. Initiating factors which influence welfare of working animals include traditional or cultural beliefs and economic constraints. Furthermore, inadequate knowledge and inappropriate attitudes and management practices can also contribute to welfare issues.
The aim of this current Research topic is to identify problems, spreading knowledge, seeking solutions to further improve welfare of working animals. We are inviting original research manuscripts, literature reviews and case reports covering indicators or methods for assessing working animals’ welfare, especially physiological, immune or psychological aspects; methods of monitoring behaviour of working animals; assessment of welfare at housing, transport or slaughter of working animals; stunning methods and slaughter practices of working animals; the validation of measured parameters; the influence of factors on health, affective states, and behaviour of working animals.
Keywords: animal welfare, behavior, bovids, camelids, elephants, equids, slaughter, stunning, working animals, working dogs
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