Animal Cognition and Changes to Standards of Welfare

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPresented - 6 Apr 2023

Conference

Title2nd Animal Behaviour and Welfare Conference in Africa
LocationOnline
PlaceNigeria
CityLagos
Period6 April 2023

Abstract

Cognition refers to the mental process by which animals perceive and store information. Animal sentience implies the ability to feel both positive and negative emotions and conscious awareness of a variety of states. Thus, cognitive abilities and emotions are linked to sentience, and have been used for advocating for higher standards of welfare. I will show how goats express their own emotions and perceive emotions in other goats, and I will also outline some of the physical and social cognition abilities of this remarkable and very common livestock species (global population > 1 billion). I will also discuss how it is vital to get the results of cognition and welfare research out to a broad public audience, in order to enact changes so that animals can experience better lives.

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Animal Cognition and Changes to Standards of Welfare. / McElligott, Alan.
2023. 2nd Animal Behaviour and Welfare Conference in Africa, Lagos, Nigeria.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperpeer-review