≪Organizer Abstract≫
Animal welfare refers to the quality of life of animals and is determined by their physical and psychological condition. Recently, adopting a scientific approach towards welfare assessment, and giving consideration to the evolutionary history of each species, have been recognized as efficient ways to improve animal welfare. Meanwhile, integrative studies examining the relationship between cognition and animal welfare are increasing. Techniques and knowledge derived from cognitive studies can be used to improve welfare assessment and management. Conversely, animal welfare studies have the potential to expand our understanding of animal cognition. Such exciting possibilities are yet to be fully explored.
In this symposium, we will discuss the current situation and future possibility of integrative studies in these two areas, based on the talks of specialists in the fields of comparative cognition and animal welfare science.
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