Frustrations of fur-farmed mink

Mason, Georgia J. and Cooper, Jonathan and Clarebrough, Catherine (2001) Frustrations of fur-farmed mink. Nature, 410 (6824). pp. 35-36. ISSN 0028-0836

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/35065157

Abstract

Captive animals may suffer if strongly motivated to perform activities that their housing does not allow. We investigated this experimentally for caged mink, and found that they would pay high costs to perform a range of natural behaviours, and release cortisol if their most preferred activity, swimming, was prevented.
Investigates the effect of limitations on caged mink. Popularity of fur farming; Research into the possible deprivation of mink, which result in their frustration; Details of the experiment; Impact of an access to water; Results which indicate that fur-farmed mink are still motivated to perform the same activities as their wild counterparts

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Additional Information:Captive animals may suffer if strongly motivated to perform activities that their housing does not allow. We investigated this experimentally for caged mink, and found that they would pay high costs to perform a range of natural behaviours, and release cortisol if their most preferred activity, swimming, was prevented. Investigates the effect of limitations on caged mink. Popularity of fur farming; Research into the possible deprivation of mink, which result in their frustration; Details of the experiment; Impact of an access to water; Results which indicate that fur-farmed mink are still motivated to perform the same activities as their wild counterparts
Keywords:Stress, Fur-farming, Mink
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:516
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:06 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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