Journal article

Social License and Animal Welfare: Developments from the Past Decade in Australia

Jordan O Hampton, Bidda Jones, Paul D McGreevy

ANIMALS | MDPI | Published : 2020


"Social license to operate" (SLO) refers to the implicit process by which a community gives an industry approval to conduct its current business activities. It has become an important focus for many natural resource management fields (especially mining), but there is less awareness of its role in animal use industries. This article describes how animal welfare has recently become arguably the most crucial consideration underpinning the SLO for Australian animal use industries. It describes several industries in Australia that have faced animal welfare scrutiny in the past decade (2010-2020) to illustrate how persistent issues can erode SLO, lead to regulatory bans, and decimate previously pr..

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