ILS ONT OBSERVE LES VACHES ET ONT TROUVE LES MOYENS DE DÉTECTER SI ELLES SONT HEUREUSES OU PAS.
C' ÉTAIT DANS UNE FERME LAITIER EN ANGLETERRE .
COMMENT LIRE LES ÉMOTIONS DES VACHES SELON LA POSITION DE LEURS OREILLES , DANS LEUR REGARD OU ENCORE EN OBSERVANT ET CARESSANT LEUR MUSEAU
BIEN SUR QUAND ON LES VOIT COURIR LORSQU'ELLES SORTENT DES ÉTABLES APRÈS LES LONGS MOIS D' HIVER C' EST ÉVIDENT... MAIS AUTREMENT???
TRÈS UTILE LA PROCHAINE FOIS QUE VOUS VOUS TROUVEREZ DANS UN PÂTURAGE AVEC QUELQUES VACHES....
In the winter of 2013, my colleague Gemma Carder, some great volunteers, and I, were shivering in a UK dairy cow barn stroking cows’ heads and necks. Though it sounds like fun (which it was), it was all in the name of animal welfare science. Today, we are now back in that same barn, enjoying warmer temperatures and continuing our research into cow emotions.
The Truth Behind the Happy CowIt all began when someone asked me “How do we know a cow is happy?” I told them how hard it is to truly read another animal’s emotions, but physiological measures such as heart rate measures and stress hormones can tell us a little. Their eyes glazed over.
So I told them about how if you saw how cows jump and run when they are released onto pasture after a winter indoors, you couldn’t help but admit that these were happy cows.
“But what about the rest of the time? How do we know how they feel?” my colleague asked. I admitted that we can’t know for sure, and there and then I decided to spend the next few years finding out how to “talk cow.”
Why is measuring emotions important for animal protection?Understanding and measuring animal emotions is essential for improving animals’ lives. Animals can be fit and healthy, have all the food and water they need, but still have poor welfare. That’s because animals, like us, are emotional beings. They feel pain, fear, pleasure and joy.
If we want to make sure that animals are feeling good, experiencing positive emotions such as happiness and joy, then we need to know how to measure these emotions.
Measuring Positive EmotionsIn 2013, we looked at whether cows communicated their emotions through their ears, eyes, and noses. We focused just on the emotional experience; relaxed and calm, and induced this experience by stroking the cows’ heads and necks. Previous studies have shown that this calms cows and that it is a positive experience for them.
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