‘THE question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”’ (Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, 1748-1832).

To date, animal welfare measures have focused primarily on the avoidance of cruelty and the provision of basic needs. Christopher Wathes, chairman of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, argues that it is important to take animals’ positive experiences into account as well.

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