The welfare of farmed mink (Mustela vison) in relation to housing and management: A review

Citation
Aj. Nimon et Dm. Broom, The welfare of farmed mink (Mustela vison) in relation to housing and management: A review, ANIM WELFAR, 8(3), 1999, pp. 205-228
Citations number
112
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences
Journal title
ANIMAL WELFARE
ISSN journal
0962-7286 → ACNP
Volume
8
Issue
3
Year of publication
1999
Pages
205 - 228
Database
ISI
SICI code
0962-7286(199908)8:3<205:TWOFM(>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
Early research on farmed mink was predominantly concerned with increased pr oductivity, however in recent years there have been an increasing number of studies related to welfare. The biology of feral mink has also become bett er understood, and such knowledge can aid in the assessment of welfare on f arms, or in the interpretation of problems related to captivity. This paper is a comprehensive review of research pertinent to the welfare of farmed A merican mink, Mustela vison, in relation to their housing and management. I t indicates how housing conditions might be changed to improve welfare, and where our present knowledge is insufficient. Many significant aspects of m ink behaviour in the wild, such as their lack of social contact, their tend ency to travel long distances and use several den sites, and regular swimmi ng and diving, are denied them in captivity. Farmed mink also show high lev els of stereotypy, suggesting that their welfare is not good. Welfare may b e improved by appropriate environmental enrichment and changes in the socia l environment of farmed mink. In general, studies aimed at improving housin g conditions have been limited in scope and outlook.