An ethological definition of animal welfare with special emphasis on pig behaviour


Testing alternative captive breeding strategies with the subsequent release into the wild

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20058.abs We used the housefly (Musca domestica L.) as an experimental model to compare two strategies for the captive breeding of an endangered species: a strategy to minimize inbreeding and balance founder contributions (termed “MAI” for “maximum avoidance of inbreeding”) versus a scheme to select against less fit individuals (disregarding relatedness). By balancing the […]

Neurological dysfunction in a ball python (Python regius) colour morph and implications for welfare

There is widespread and growing public and professional awareness of genetic disorders associated with artificial breeding selection, and their implications on the health and welfare of companion animals. Despite increased captive breeding and the popularity of atypical colour/pattern variants, little research has been conducted, to date, into genetic variants of reptiles relative to common domestic […]