Informed debate: the contribution of animal welfare science to the development of public policy

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The development of animal welfare science has had a fundamental influence on the development of public policy towards the treatment of animals, not only in individual countries such as the United Kingdom, but also within the institutions of the European Union. This has led to a new a body of legislation which is intended to promote welfare and to complement the traditional prohibition on causing cruelty. If this process is to continue, however, it is important that conducting research should not be regarded as the sole function of animal welfare scientists. It is essential that they are also fully engaged in ethical debate, policy formulation, regulatory mechanisms, and their enforcement.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalAnimal Welfare
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • animal protection
  • animal welfare
  • cruelty
  • legislation
  • public policy
  • regulation

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