Feather pecking in poultry- the application of science in a search for practical solutions

Traditional battery cages for laying hens will soon be banned in the EU but the increased risk of feather pecking (FP) hampers the adoption of alternative housing systems. FP can cause injury and lead to cannibalism and the painful death of target birds. Current management practices (beak trimming, low light) have associated problems. In a […]

Mate choice in non-human primates

Mate choice has been observed in many species of non-human primates. There are few definitive studies, however, due to the long life spans, complex social behavior, and cognitive abilities of these animals. Here I review the current literature on mate choice in primates. Females typically prefer complex behavioral traits such as social status, familiarity, personality, […]