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dc.contributor.authorPeden RSEen
dc.contributor.authorCamerlink Ien
dc.contributor.authorBoyle LAen
dc.contributor.authorAkaichi Fen
dc.contributor.authorTurner SPen
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-15T10:33:01Z
dc.date.available2019-01-15T10:33:01Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citation9:1en
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ani9010022
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11262/11569
dc.description.abstractSeveral animal welfare issues persist in practice despite extensive research which has been linked to the unwillingness of stakeholders to make changes. For example, most farmers do not perceive pig aggression to be a problem that requires action despite the fact that stress and injuries are common, and that several solutions exist. Frequent exposure to animal suffering could affect farmer responses to distressed animals. This study investigated for the first time whether this occurs, using pig aggression as a focus. Using video clips, 90 pig farmers judged the severity of aggression, level of pig exhaustion and the strength of their own emotional response. Their judgments were compared to objective measures of severity (pigs’ skin lesions and blood lactate), and against control groups with similar pig experience (10 pig veterinarians) and without experience (26 agricultural students; 24 animal science students). Famers did not show desensitization to aggression. However, all groups underestimated the outcome of aggression when they did not see the fight occurring as compared to witnessing a fight in progress. We suggest that farmers be provided with evidence of the economic and welfare impact of aggression as indicated by lesions and that they be advised to score lesions on affected animals.en
dc.description.sponsorshipScottish Governmenten
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isformatof15004en
dc.relation.ispartofAnimalsen
dc.rights© 2019 The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
dc.subjectAggressionen
dc.subjectAnimal welfareen
dc.subjectDesensitizationen
dc.subjectPerceptionen
dc.subjectPigsen
dc.titleFarmer perceptions of pig aggression compared to animal-based measures of fight outcomeen
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.extent.pageNumbers22-37en
rioxxterms.publicationdate2019-01-10
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-01-07
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refterms.dateDeposit2019-01-15
refterms.depositExceptionpublishedGoldOAen
refterms.depositExceptionExplanationGoldOAen
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