Databank. Animal welfare

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 February 1999



(1999), "Databank. Animal welfare", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 99 No. 1.



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Copyright © 1999, MCB UP Limited

Databank. Animal welfare


Animal welfare

The Farm Animal Welfare Council recently published its report on the Welfare of Broiler Breeders. The producers of the chicken we now eat require a ready supply of chicks to rear and specialist companies breed birds, through a number of generations to meet this demand. These chickens are known as broiler breeders. The report addresses the major welfare dilemma of feed control. The experience of hunger is not itself detrimental to the birds but it is the extent and duration that can cause it to become a welfare problem. The report calls for research to establish the point at which restriction creates a situation where birds cannot cope with the hunger that results. Further issues include mutilations ­ there are recommendations regarding beak trimming, dubbing and other procedures; stockmanship ­ training and competency requirements and housing conditions such as light levels and stocking density.

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