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Animal welfare: what has changed in the past 50 years?

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The 3rd CABI symposium on animal welfare and behaviour was held on June 11, and featured a range of talks on ‘animals as machines’. The symposium marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book ‘Animal Machines’ by Ruth Harrison. The book decried the conditions experienced at that time by many animals kept in intensive farming systems, and the speakers at the symposium discussed how far animal welfare had come since its publication. Georgina Mills reports

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