Farmers in Scotland and Ireland are being asked to give their opinions on animal welfare as part of a survey being carried out by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

While members of the public are more likely to want to see animals exhibit natural behaviour, farmers are more likely to prioritise the animal's health. The survey aims to find out if opinion on what is important for farm animal welfare is that divided and clear-cut.

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“We hope the findings will help us gain a better understanding of the value placed on different aspects of farm animal welfare and how potential trade-offs between animal health and natural behaviours are viewed by key stakeholders,” Dr Belinda Vigors, a social scientist at SRUC, said.

“Interest in this survey has already been expressed by those working in policy, so contributions from the livestock sector would be really valuable at this stage.”

You can find a link to the survey by clicking here.

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