Ansci - behaviors in chickens, it may present more...

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Loryn Dion 11/30/2010 AnSci 360 Assignment 2 I choose to compare the views of The PEW Commission and the American Veterinary Medical Association on the behavior effects of chickens in battery cages. The PEW Commissions recommendation is that battery cages should be phased out within the next decade to make way for practices that are not as intensive and inhumane as battery cages. These new practices should improve an animals well-being and should allow normal behavior for chickens, such as scratching, pecking and roosting, which is not available to them in a battery cage. The AVMA's response is that these intensive systems satisfy the physiological and health needs of the chickens, but you lose the behavioral satisfaction and vice-versa. If systems were presented that improved these natural
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Unformatted text preview: behaviors in chickens, it may present more challenges for disease and injury. After reading through both bibliographies and reviewing multiple sources, I believe that the AVMA may have more facts to back up their opinions. Whereas PEW was just considering the chickens welfare from a behavioral point of view, the AVMA viewed the issue from all approaches, veterinary, behavioral, production and psychological. While PEW may still be correct, that battery cages may have a negative affect on a chickens behavioral welfare, I think that they may have been a little biased and not included all of the facts. The AVMA does state that they agree that there are negative effects to battery cages, but they point out that the positives of these cages must also be taken into consideration....
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