How many to sample? Statistical guidelines for monitoring animal welfare outcomes
Jordan O Hampton, Darryl I MacKenzie, David M Forsyth
PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019
There is increasing scrutiny of the animal welfare impacts of all animal use activities, including agriculture, the keeping of companion animals, racing and entertainment, research and laboratory use, and wildlife management programs. A common objective of animal welfare monitoring is to quantify the frequency of adverse animal events (e.g., injuries or mortalities). The frequency of such events can be used to provide pass/fail grades for animal use activities relative to a defined threshold and to identify areas for improvement through research. A critical question in these situations is how many animals should be sampled? There are, however, few guidelines available for data collection or ..View full abstract
Awarded by Centre for Invasive Species Solutions project 'Cost-effective management of wild deer'
This study was partly funded by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions project 'Cost-effective management of wild deer' (PO1-L-001).