Animal welfare education: evidence for Action

Lawrence, Alistair, Muldoon, Janine, Lakestani, Nelly , Currie, Candace and Williams, Joanne (2009) Animal welfare education: evidence for Action. In: International Conference on Animal Welfare Education.

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There are sound reasons for the recent interest in animal welfare education. Research illustrates the potential importance of animals in many people’s lives, and there is a need to inform animal owners and carers about their legal and social responsibilities to animals and to exploit the potential reciprocal benefits that could emerge from improving human-animal interactions. Using our own work on young people as a framework, we also illustrate the importance of addressing aspects of human psychology and educational research when designing animal welfare educational interventions. Our review of interventions and materials being used by stakeholders in animal welfare education indicates the importance of establishing a cycle of redevelopment of interventions based on evaluation and integrating this activity across Europe. Lastly the paucity of studies in a number of areas points to the urgent need for research (e.g. to provide evidence on potential benefits of educational interventions in young people).

Keywords:Education, animal welfare, knowledge, attitudes, empathy, responsibilities, behaviour, interventions, evaluations, cross-country integration
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:5626
Deposited On:22 May 2012 16:17

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