What is redirected behaviour, and why is it important? When the normal route is blocked, behaviour may be redirected towards another goal. Such redirected behaviour can both be a welfare sign and a welfare solution.
The normal path of behaviour may sometimes be redirected towards something else. For example, when a curious animal like a ? is motivated to investigate the surroundings and root in soil, it may redirect its behaviour towards other ??? in a barren pen. Such redirected investigative behaviour may thus lead to tail biting. Similarly, when you are having trouble at work, you may be inclined to retaliate. However, when this is not possible, you may be redirect your aggression. For example, you may be ? at ?, or you may temporarily be a more avid sportsman.
Animals are not always free to do as they please. When a normal route is blocked, some behaviours may be redirected towards another goal. Redirected behaviour is generally indicative of reduced welfare, i.e. negative experiences. However, it may also provide a solution so as to prevent more serious adverse consequences. In this way, redirected behaviour may both be a sign and a solution of an underlying welfare problem.