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Identify animal welfare challenges, strategies to alleviate them, and education to aid implementation.
Good business, science, and animal ownership practices are built on the science of good animal welfare.
Decisions on best practices in animal husbandry should include all of the sciences, emphasizing animal welfare, economics, the environment, and social needs.

Our goal is to build cross-disciplinary and cross-college research, teaching and outreach teams to 1) address contentious social issues in animal behavior and welfare, 2) promote and explore the broad effects of the human-animal bond, and 3) bridge the rural-urban divide on understanding animals and their evolving roles in society. The long term plan is to coalesce discovery, education, and engagement activities on the role of animals in society. The Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science will encompass current Purdue activity in animal behavior and animal welfare science, the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, and the USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit (LBRU) that is embedded within the Department of Animal Sciences on the West Lafayette campus.


We facilitate the well-being of animals using sound science and ethics to investigate and promote the best animal care and management practices.

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