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The Freedoms and Capabilities of Farm Animals: How Can Organic Husbandry Fulfill Them?

Cabaret, Jacques; Chylinski, Caroline and Vaarst, Mette (2014) The Freedoms and Capabilities of Farm Animals: How Can Organic Husbandry Fulfill Them? In: Bellon, Stéphane and Penvern, Servane (Eds.) Organic Farming, Prototype for Sustainaible Agricultures. Springer, Dordrecht, chapter 14, pp. 261-278.

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Organic farming promotes animal husbandry practices that consider the welfare of the animals on the farm. The concept of animal welfare and the standards that should encompass this concept have in many cases been largely generalised in practice, which leaves relevant aspects of animal freedom or capabilities insufficiently addressed. This chapter puts forth the prospect that the capabilities approach offers an appropriate practical platform by which to improve welfare in farm animals by meeting a wider range of their natural needs and abilities. The capabilities approach coupled with effective health planning could foster organic husbandry towards a more acceptable production system for farmers and consumers alike.

EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Welfare, Animal liberty, Animal capabilities, Organic husbandry
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited By: Holme, Ms. Mette
ID Code:30616
Deposited On:24 Oct 2016 13:20
Last Modified:24 Oct 2016 13:20
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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