The Welfare of Sheep pp 159-212

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The Impact of Disease and Disease Prevention on Welfare in Sheep

  • P.A. Roger

Abstract

Disease causes adverse welfare to the individual or the flock. The ethical and legal bases of our involvement in the duties of care that we owe domesticated species are outlined and the relevance of these duties to the implementation of preventive medicine is explored. Sheep are capable of not only feeling pain but also of learning, displaying emotion and memory. That this represents a level of sentience is unarguable so that the duties we owe to these animals are of importance in a moral context. The ethical approach to the control of disease and its impact on the individual and the flock is a major determinant of the standard for the generally accepted treatment of animals. The impact of specific diseases on the welfare of the individual and the flock is discussed and preventive measures are outlined. The cardinal points of flock health programmes are discussed and the key elements of maintaining a healthy flock and maximising welfare are raised. Continuing vigilance and early recognition and diagnosis of disease is advocated. Measures to prevent disease should be prioritised, coupled with the proper strategic use of licensed products, where these are required, to prevent the development of drug resistance. The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to the exploration and understanding of welfare and the impact of disease is paramount

Keywords

Sheep Health Welfare Disease Measurement Flock Planning Management Preventive medicine. 

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