The performance of farm animal assessment

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This paper argues that the current drive towards greater use of animal-based measures for welfare assessment raises important issues for how farm visits by welfare assessors are performed. As social scientists, we employ a number of contemporary social science ideas to offer a new approach to examining the practice and performance of farm animal assessment. We identify key findings from a recent study of contemporary farm assessment and speculate upon what some of the challenges of introducing animal-based measures may be. We conclude by arguing for a greater awareness of how sets of knowledge are made, circulated, practiced and become an integral component of the procedures, practices and discourses around farm animal welfare assessment in farm assurance.

Keywords: ANIMAL WELFARE; ANIMAL-BASED MEASURES; ASSESSMENT; ASSURANCE SCHEMES; FARM INSPECTIONS; PRACTICE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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