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Type: Journal article
Title: Welfare Assessment Tools in Zoos: From Theory to Practice
Author: Jones, N.
Sherwen, S.
Robbins, R.
McLelland, D.
Whittaker, A.
Citation: Veterinary Sciences, 2022; 9(4)
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2022
ISSN: 2306-7381
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Narelle Jones, Sally L. Sherwen, Rachel Robbins, David J. McLelland, and Alexandra L. Whittaker
Abstract: Zoos are increasingly implementing formalized animal welfare assessment programs to allow monitoring of welfare over time, as well as to aid in resource prioritization. These programs tend to rely on assessment tools that incorporate resource-based and observational animal-focused measures. A narrative review of the literature was conducted to bring together recent studies examining welfare assessment methods in zoo animals. A summary of these methods is provided, with advantages and limitations of the approaches presented. We then highlight practical considerations with respect to implementation of these tools into practice, for example scoring schemes, weighting of criteria, and innate animal factors for consideration. It is concluded that there would be value in standardizing guidelines for development of welfare assessment tools since zoo accreditation bodies rarely prescribe these. There is also a need to develop taxon or species-specific assessment tools to complement more generic processes and more directly inform welfare management.
Keywords: zoo animal welfare; five domains; validity; animal-based; resource-based; scoring
Rights: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).
DOI: 10.3390/vetsci9040170
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