Benchmarking farm animal welfare – Ethical considerations when developing a tool for cross-country comparison
By P. Sandøe, H. O. Hansen, H. H. Kristensen, T. Christensen, H. Houe & B.
A tool enabling animal welfare to be benchmarked across countries would make it possible to monitor and compare the status of animal welfare at both disaggregated and aggregated levels. The results of the international benchmarking would be useful for a wide range of stakeholders taking a positive interest in farm animal welfare.
We aim to build a model for pigs and chickens with the following elements: 1) For each type of animal production considered a number of parameters linked to housing and management are defined. The parameters relate to features of
A number of ethical considerations must be addressed in the process of building the model. In the paper, we explain how we deal with the following considerations: The first concerns how to measure what affects animal welfare – whether the focus should be on environmental or outcome-based measures. Secondly, weights will need to be assigned to the different parameters, raising the