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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Animal welfare and the United Nations’ sustainable development goals—broadening students’ perspectives

Olmos Antillón, Gabriela; Tunon, Håkan; De Oliveira, Daiana; Jones, Michael; Wallenbeck, Anna; Swanson, Janice; Blokhuis, Harry; Keeling, Linda

Abstract

The mutually beneficial relationships between improving animal welfare (AW) and achieving the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals (SDGs) were further explored and compared to previous work. This was done in the context of a doctoral training course where students selected at least six SDGs and reasoned around their impact on AW and vice versa. Then, students rated the strength of the SDG—AW links. Lastly, students engaged in an assessment exercise. Students reported an overall mutually beneficial relationship between AW and all SDGs, yet with significant differences in strength for SDGs 4, 11, 10, 12 and 13 to that previously found by experts. Students considered SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production the most promising way to integrate AW targets. This study further supports the positive role of AW in the success of the UN’s strategy. Still, the magnitude of the anticipated impacts is modified by stakeholder, context and experience.

Keywords

sustainability; animal welfare; education for sustainable development (ESD); learning environment; critical thinking

Published in

Sustainability
2021, volume: 13, number: 6, article number: 3328

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health
Swanson, Janice
Michigan State University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Animal and Dairy Science
Learning

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063328

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/111073