Asking the Animals

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Ian Duncan is Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He has been carrying our research into the welfare of animals since 1965 and was thus one of the first people to bring a scientific approach to solving welfare problems.  His approach has been to develop methods of 'asking' animals what they feel about the conditions in which they are kept and the procedures to which they are subjected.  He has published more than 170 scientific papers most of which are connected to animal welfare and has won many awards for his research.  Although officially 'retired', Ian is still heavily involved in teaching and he now believes that he is improving animal welfare more through his teaching than he did through his research.

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