A Review of Animal Welfare Policy and Assessment Frameworks
This paper looks at accepted contemporary definitions of animal welfare, and analyses the contemporary frameworks or paradigms that have emerged to underline assessments of animal welfare with respect to their roles and limitations, in providing a basis for informing animal welfare considerations and underpinning policy structures. A sound understanding of the available paradigms for animal welfare assessment may assist in driving more informed public debate.
To provide further context, this paper presents some high level analysis of current animal welfare policy in key jurisdictions such as the EU, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, with particular reference to hen welfare where possible. It acknowledges, but does not seek to summarise, key recent and potentially influential scientific reviews concerning the welfare of animals with reference to laying hens. The intention of the analysis presented in this paper is to assist the egg industry in driving informed public debate on animal welfare, and provide an insight into policy structures that could be applied to drive balanced consideration of animal welfare outcomes in the egg industry.