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Improving working equine welfare in 'hard-win' situations, where gains are difficult, expensive or marginal.

Authors
  • Pritchard, Joy1
  • Upjohn, Melissa1
  • Hirson, Tamsin1
  • 1 Brooke, London, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
PLoS ONE
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
13
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191950
PMID: 29408887
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Respondents agreed that if equine welfare improvements are to span generations of animals, interventions cannot rely on relatively simple, technical knowledge-transfer strategies and quick-wins alone. Programmes need to be more flexible and iterative and less risk-averse in their approaches to embedding good equine welfare practices in all relevant actors. Consultation recommendations informed development of Brooke's new global strategy, a revised organisational structure and redefinition of roles and responsibilities to streamline ways to approach hard-wins in the complex environments and socio-economic contexts in which working equids are found.

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