Advances in Animal Science, Theriogenology, Genetics and Breeding

Perspective - (2023) Volume 11, Issue 1

Assessing behaviour of animals and their welfare
Lina Filler*
Department of Animal Genetics and Conservation, Institute of Animal Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
*Correspondence: Lina Filler, Department of Animal Genetics and Conservation, Institute of Animal Sciences, Warsaw, Poland,

Received: 29-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. AASTGB-23-93501; Editor assigned: 31-Mar-2023, Pre QC No. AASTGB-23-93501 (PQ); Reviewed: 14-Apr-2023, QC No. AASTGB-23-93501; Revised: 29-May-2023, Manuscript No. AASTGB-23-93501 (R); Published: 05-Jun-2023, DOI: 10.51268/2736- 1810.23.11.066


Accreditation by regional and international associations of zoos and aquariums ensures that facilities that display animals publicly meet high standards. The requirements for these certifications change as practice advances and internal and external expectations. As this requirement evolves, significant efforts by many zoo associations to emphasize animal welfare are now in their 20th year. This focus has led to the further development of concepts regarding animal welfare in zoos and aquariums. This development has resulted in a shift from purely physical health and natural living concepts of animal welfare to concepts that include animal influences. Along with this change, the vocabulary used to talk about these concepts has expanded to include words like wellness. This perhaps adds a sense of the animal's own agency to the more static and delivered concept of wellbeing. It contains the purpose of such standards is basically to get animals to talk about themselves. Since accreditation requirements often do not prescribe how well-being assessments should be conducted, institutions seeking to meet accreditation requirements often use a variety of methods to try to meet the accreditation requirements and develop their own tools. Several scientific approaches attempt to determine measures of happiness by integrating multiple domains. These interdisciplinary approaches draw on animal behaviour, health, physiology, life history theory, animal husbandry, and other disciplines to draw inferences about welfare based on numerous pieces of data. In many cases, the multidisciplinary approach resembles all but the kitchen sink approach to fighting an indomitable enemy, and usually he reflects two main driving forces. One of them is the long experience and consequent accreditation standards that facilities used before the zoo and aquarium association's outreach campaign began.


The second is a holistic definition of animal welfare, intended to include all factors that can influence animal outcomes, but where assessment of one area may be inconsistent with assessment of another. It does not describe the conditions for winning. While these approaches are useful, they can also lead to disagreements when data from different disciplines lead to different interpretations. In other cases, welfare assessors may use an approach that employs a single key area. Living animals always act to behavioral context, antecedents, and consequences facilitate understanding of behaviour. Behavioral assessment focuses on measuring external representations of the presence or absence of animal activity. Only in combination with other measurements or other information can assessment tools provide insight into the emotions associated with the cause, effect, or expression of behaviour. These tools can only address factors relevant to numerous concepts of animal welfare that can be behaviorally observed and interpreted through regressive, correlative, or extrapolative logic. To properly apply animal welfare behavioral assessment, it is important to understand some of the most commonly used animal welfare concepts. Just as there are many tools to measure welfare, there are many components to welfare itself may reflect. Discuss the challenges of all welfare stakeholders sticking to each concept. The basic primary structure of well-being emphasizes the proper biological functioning of an organism and emphasizes health measures in general. This approach is often used when rapid animal welfare assessment of many animals is required in animal husbandry. Due to time and cost constraints, welfare assessors aim to rapidly quantify various physiological characteristics, such as degree of lameness, presence or absence of lesions, or other measures. Under this paradigm, an animal is considered suitable if its biological needs are met and it is clearly free of disease. Behavioral indicators such as lameness and anorexia are common cues for medical evaluation, but are most commonly assessed using medical and physiological methods, and rarely behaviorally, and are therefore included here. I won't explain this concept any further.

Naturalistic behaviour as welfare

The natural life concept of animal welfare states that animals that are able to perform natural behaviour are in a positive state of welfare. For this reason, the concept can be further criticized as stemming from circular reasoning. In practice, proponents of this model often emphasize building natural looking habitats for animals. This is probably in honour of the assumption that public opinion is drawn to this concept of animal welfare and that the general public may perceive good welfare based on their evaluation of animals. Moreover, it is not difficult to argue that most of the measures used to encourage naturalistic behaviour in zoo animals are not considered part of the natural environment.


If an animal's welfare is falsely assumed to be good when its welfare is actually compromised, the animal continues to be welfare compromised. Avoiding such scenarios is a major goal of modern animal welfare science in all animal husbandry settings. Welfare actors need to be careful in structuring their assessments to avoid falling prey to this error. Much has been written about the need to avoid this particular trap, so I won't go into detail on this issue here. Interventions may be unwarranted, harmful or ineffective if animals are misdiagnosed for welfare issues. If the welfare of the animal is intact and the diagnosis was completely wrong, no intervention is justified. Interventions may significantly alter an animal's behaviour but have no effect on the animal's life or may have a net positive effect. Harmful interventions lead to lower overall well-being. For example, if an animal's welfare is falsely identified as poor when it is not and major changes are mandated as a solution to potential incompatibilities with social partners, etc., that animal's welfare may actually deteriorate. This type of modification can result from a false focus on the animal's natural habitat.

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