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Purdue Hosts International Behaviour Meeting

by 5m Editor
7 July 2011, at 7:38am

US - Purdue University's Department of Animal Sciences will co-host the 45th Congress for the International Society for Applied Ethology in Indianapolis this summer with the Purdue-based Livestock Behavior Research Unit of the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

More than 300 participants are expected from nearly 30 countries to discuss animal behaviour, welfare and enrichment issues, said Jeremy Marchant-Forde, an adjunct professor of animal sciences, USDA-ARS scientist and chairman of the conference's organizing committee.

He explained: "From the US perspective, there is increasing attention being paid to animal welfare issues, especially in farm animals. We want to best meet animals' environmental and behavioural needs while also addressing societal concerns and stakeholder interests."

He said special attention will be paid to animal enrichment issues for zoos and laboratory animals – two areas the organisation is trying focus more attention on – while also engaging the veterinary community.

This is only the third time the annual conference has been held in the United States. It will from 31 July to 4 August at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.

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