Thirty years of research dedicated to improving animal welfare
At the end of the 1980's, there was little consideration of animal welfare both on farms and in research, at least in France, which was late, compared to other European countries and had little influence in this field at international level.
Progressively, researchers have deployed extensive studies on animal welfare considering both animal performance and societal concerns, often facing doubts from stakeholders about the relevance of their work.
They have contributed to designing methods to assess welfare on farms or at slaughter and new practices to improve animal welfare. This research has raised awareness of numerous actors on the necessity and the potential benefits of considering animal welfare in livestock farming.