Friday, 10 January 2014

Excellent article from Edinburgh's animal welfare specialist Cathy Dwyer

Better care for pregnant animals can have a positive and lifelong effect on their offspring, says Cathy Dwyer

WE KNOW that the love and support of parents, especially in our early years, is critical to human development. Not only does a parent provide the food, shelter and comfort we need, they also help us shape our thoughts, opinions and cultural references.

For many domestic and farmed animals, the reality is quite different. They are often separated from their mothers at an early age. Scientists, including a team at Scotland’s Rural College, are trying to assess how that affects the offspring – and we are finding that good welfare begins in the womb.

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