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Advances in Agriculture
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 428129, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/428129
Review Article

Farm Animal Welfare and Handling in the Tropics: The Ethiopia Case

Department of Animal Production & Technology, Bahir Dar University, P.O. Box 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Received 25 February 2014; Revised 27 April 2014; Accepted 28 April 2014; Published 1 June 2014

Academic Editor: Mumtaz Cheema

Copyright © 2014 Bimrew Asmare. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The issue of farm animal welfare has become increasingly of essence in many countries these days. Farm animal welfare concerns are expressed about the conditions in which farm animals are kept and management practices, particularly in systems where animals are kept in confinement for most of their lives, feed methods, health care, and expression of normal behaviors. The use of an ethical basis for animal welfare standards requires some generally accepted principles on how animals should be treated and used by humans. Animals have enormous capacity to feel a huge range of emotions, to learn from their experiences, to adapt to challenges, and to suffer when their needs are either ignored or disrespected. It is now time, in the evolution of the relationship between humans and animals, to move forward with this knowledge and take real action to improve the lives of farm animals. The use of behavioral principles should improve efficiency of livestock handling and reduce stress on animals. Changing public opinion about the importance of good animal welfare and applying legislative actions will be important in animal production systems especially in developing countries where the poor animal welfare is immense and production management is below substandards.