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Why do humans keep animals? Does the answer help to define standards for organic animal husbandry?

Rahmann, Gerold (2003) Why do humans keep animals? Does the answer help to define standards for organic animal husbandry? Paper at: 1 st SAFO Workshop "Socio-Economic Aspects of Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming Systems", Florenz, 05. - 07. September 2003.

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Domestic livestock, such as farm animals and pets, are part of the cultural heritage of mankind. Animals have been used for food, services, non-food or religious purposes or just as a hobby for thousands of years. Man-made breeding has created livestock that are adapted for different purposes and functions.
Today, thousand of breeds exist: adapted to the various conditions in human households.
The discussion of animal welfare and the definition of standards for livestock keeping have to consider the different functions, ethical values and perceptions of people involved (Badura, 1999). The differences of culture, as well as private and common wealth between individuals, regions and countries, can be a reason for different standards for animal keeping. This discussion can become easier with an understanding of the functions of animals from a historical and ethical perspective. This can help to answer the question of how the animals should be kept.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:History of Livestock keeping, Sociology, Organic animal husbandry
Subjects: Farming Systems
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Animal husbandry
Research affiliation: Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Organic Farming - OEL
Deposited By: Rahmann, Prof. Dr. Gerold
ID Code:8744
Deposited On:26 Jun 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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