Journal article
Befindlichkeiten von Tieren - ein Ansatz zu ihrer wissenschaftlichen Beurteilung. Teil 1



Publication Details
Authors:
Tschanz, B.; Bammert, J.; Baumgartner, G.; Bessei, W.; Birmelin, I.; Folsch, D.; Graf, B.; Knierim, U.; Loeffler, K.; Marx, D.; Straub, A.; Schlichting, M.; Schnitzer, U.; Unshelm, J.; Zeeb, K.
Publisher:
TERRA-VERLAG GMBH
Publication year:
1997
Journal:
Tierärztliche Umschau
Pages range:
15-22
Volume number:
52
Issue number:
1
Start page:
15
End page:
&
Number of pages:
6
ISSN:
0049-3864

Abstract
Ethology is expected to provide scientific insights of the welfare status of animals. This involves an assessment of the animals emotions. Psychological research indicates that facial expressions are not reliable for assessing feelings such as joy, happiness, sadness or disappointment, but are useful to determine an emotional dimension such as pleasant/unpleasant. The use of this emotional dimension in animals is discussed. The judgement of objects as pleasant or unpleasant is important because this emotional reaction results in the objects acquiring a further quality and behaviour. The behavioural change has essential functions in that pleasant objects are approached and used and result in a satisfaction of needs which allow the development and maintenance of the individual. Unpleasant objects are avoided such that potential harm is minimised. The reaction of animals with respect to safe or unsafe situations depends on their experience as to whether they cope using normal behaviour or not. The combination of the emotional reactions unpleasant and unsafe results in suffering in the long term. These functional correlations therefore allow a scientific assessment of well-being and suffering in animals through observation of their behaviour taking account of the species.


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