Scientific Seminar

When coping is not enough -
Promoting positive welfare states in animals

Tuesday 26 February 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra 

The 2013 Seminar explored animal welfare assessment in the context of quality of life and positive welfare states and how these approaches may change the direction in which animal welfare science and welfare assessment is headed.  The concept of animal welfare and what it represents has evolved over the last couple of decades, from Don Broom’s ‘coping’ based definition and a focus on biological functioning to, more recently, the promotion of positive affective states and the absence of negative ones. Speakers at the 2013 Seminar addressed the practical side of promoting positive welfare states from the perspective of areas relevant to RSPCA’s work, i.e. companion animals, working animals, farm animals, zoos, and animals used in research.


RSPCA Australia Scientific Seminar 2013


Previous Scientific Seminars

2012 Animal welfare & ethics

2011 Modifying the behaviour of animals

2010 Wildlife management and conservation

2009 Animals and human health.

2008 Animals in transit: The journey ahead.

2007 How much space does an elephant need? The impact of confinement on animal welfare.

2006 The Five Freedoms and beyond: improving welfare of production animals.

2005 Cruelty to animals: a human problem.

2004 Welfare underwater - issues with aquatic animals.

2003 Solutions for achieving humane vertebrate pest control.

2002 Equine welfare: balancing tradition and science.

2001 Pets or pests? The future of companion animal ownership.

2000 Animal welfare in the new millennium: towards a national approach.

1999 Scientific evidence and improvements in animal welfare: are we ignoring the obvious?