A discussion document in response to Bellumori et al (2013) and O’Neill et al (2014)

Review_paperThis is a review, by Philippa Robinson, of three welfare reports, revisiting the questions they posed, the questions they did not ask and a dissection of the assumptions made. Consideration is also given to the potential value of wider thinking i.e. that taken from disciplines other than veterinary science, to see what implications that has for the ongoing lines of inquiry.

The aim here is to reflect on whether access to a growing body of research data, together with an injection of new thinking might ensure the questions being asked about dog health and welfare are the most appropriate and will yield maximum leverage in securing better behaviours, attitudes and choices around dog ownership. Leverage that results in reduced animal suffering.

Download the paper (pdf) If we are going to make good decisions

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