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Animal Welfare: theory to legislation

Scientific Officer at RSPCA Australia, Bronwyn Orr will will explain the theory behind animal welfare science in an accessible manner, and go through some classic examples of where animal welfare science has helped change animal welfare legislation.

When: Saturday, August 11 2018. 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Where: The LAB, Wollongong Central Library
51 Burelli Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
Topic: Environment and nature
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access

Animal welfare science is a relatively new field of science which seeks to scientifically validate an animal’s experiences.

Animal welfare issues are often emotive, animal welfare science utilises many different scientific disciplines, such as veterinary science, ethology (study of behaviour), physiology, biology and anthrozoology (study of human-animal interactions) to show how an animal may or may not be coping with different environments. For example, do chickens have good or poor animal welfare in battery cages? Do budgies cope with conventional aviaries? Do dogs prefer to be trained using reward-based methods or punishment-based methods?

Although the answers to some of these questions might seem intuitive, without science demonstrating what an animal experiences in these environments, change at both a societal and legislative level is difficult.

Dr Bronwyn Orr is a Scientific Officer at RSPCA Australia. She is a registered veterinarian and holds a Masters of Science from the University of Edinburgh. She has presented at numerous veterinary, wildlife and welfare science conferences and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Sydney titled ‘A One Health and One Welfare approach to pig hunting dogs.’ She is also a memberships candidate in Animal Welfare with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

This free event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science library speaker series.

Contact details:

Library Staff
Wollongong City Libraries
Phone: 02 4227 7414

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