Funder and dates: Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), Nov 2017 – Nov 2018
Collaborators/partners: SRUC, University of Edinburgh
The aim of this study is to use a modified Delphi procedure to create an overall ranking of welfare outcomes for managed animals in the UK. The species included in the study are: horses, cats, rabbits, exotics, wildlife, cattle, pigs, poultry, small ruminants, and dogs. The results of this study will help guide the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) in prioritising support for particular areas of animal welfare research. The Delphi method is based on the assumption that group opinion is more valid than individual opinion. The method relies on a group of experts participating in multiple rounds of surveys in an attempt to reach consensus on an important issue, e.g. in this instance, welfare priority issues of managed animals in the UK. This study will use both classical and modified Delphi methodologies. The Delphi method uses ‘rounds’ of surveys. There will be 4 rounds in this study. The final round will aim to reach consensus and generate an overall ranking for the UK animal welfare priorities.