Monthly Archives: March 2017

Horror slaughterhouse to be memorial centre of compassion?

Indignation about animal cruelty Widespread indignation about animal cruelty in a large slaughterhouse in the Belgium town of Tielt is calling for direct action based on arousal and compassion. Undercover footage taken by an animal-rights organisation, called Animal Rights, shows a … Continue reading

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Happiness: Fact or fiction – Good or bad?

Happiness Today is the UN’s International Day of Happiness. Skandinavian countries, Switserland, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands are among the happiest countries in the world. Over the past year, the large majority (88%) of Dutch people were happy, i.e. they … Continue reading

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Protected: Welfare attributes and needs

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Oh my deer, I’m so hungry – A student project proposal

Proposal for a student project to quantify feeding motivation This is a ‘recipe’ for a great student project aimed at quantifying feeding motivation of deer in a deer-park. Recipe by: Marc Ingredients In order to run this project you need … Continue reading

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Plea for Ag-gag in the Netherlands

Plea to draft Ag-gag legislation in the Netherlands This post considers why we need ag-gag. Ag-gag laws protect the livestock industry from exposure of animal cruelty by animal activists. This mainly US-based legislature forbids the undercover filming or photography of on-farm … Continue reading

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Do pigs play with chains? Science versus society

Abstract Scientists object to the suggestion that pigs may be playing with toys like metal chains in their pen. In ordinary language, however, it is perfectly fine to use the word play for such animal-material interaction. Apparently, the word ‘play’ … Continue reading

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