The Relationship between Behavioural Priorities and Animal Welfare: A Test Using the Laboratory Mouse Mus musculus

HJ Warburton, CJ Nicol

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Abstract

The evolutionary link between feelings of pleasure and aversion (affect) behaviour means that measurement of the behaviour of animals can give a unique insight into their own perception of the welfare value of potential enrichment techniques. Consumer demand theory allows ethologists to measure objectively the strength of preference for resources. The current study assessed the extent to which different methods of applying demand theory to laboratory mice would affect the order of prioritisation of four resources. Overall the two methods used showed some agreement, particularly in the prioritisation of food as the most important resource. However in other respects the methods led to different results, for example in the effect of increasing cost on the number of visits to resources. The importance of using animals' behaviour when making practical welfare assessments is emphasised.
Translated title of the contributionThe relationship between behavioural priorities and animal welfare: a test using laboratory mice
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalActa Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science Supplementum
Volume51
Issue numberSuppl 30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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