This site is designed to deliver information
about the behaviour of domestic and captive animals to as wide an
audience as possible.
in ways that fascinate, amuse and amaze us. Observing the behaviour
of animals helps us to understand how they survive and reproduce.
The more we study the behaviour of animals, the more informed we can
be about what is good for them. An understanding of a speciesí
behaviour also allows us to get the best out of them when we keep
them for companionship, performance or production purposes. So,
animal behaviour and animal welfare are very closely intertwined.
is often a topic that prompts emotional debate. However, it is not
sufficient to assume non-human animals' needs are identical to
our own. This reality has prompted the development of scientific
tools that help to provide data to inform the animal welfare debate.
We call this exciting new field animal welfare science. It is by studying
the behavioural and physiological responses of animals to different
challenges and environments that we can truly determine what is best
for them. Animalbehaviour.net is intended to ensure that advances in
our understanding of animal welfare science are accessible.
Most of the resources on this
site have been written or edited by
Dr Paul McGreevy, a veterinarian with considerable expertise in