Philosophy of Animal Behavioural Study and Its Relevance in Modern Laboratory Research
Sanjeeva Kumar M*
University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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- Sanjeeva Kumar M
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: June 15, 2017; Accepted Date: June 18, 2017; Published Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: Sanjeeva Kumar M (2017) Philosophy of Animal Behavioural Study and Its Relevance in Modern Laboratory Research. J Anim Health Behav Sci 1:e101.
Copyright: © 2017 Sanjeeva Kumar M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Development of animal behavioural observational skills dates back to Palaeolithic era when the prehistoric hunter human ancestors successfully gamed their prey by understanding how animals behave, in other words, survival needs, instigated the need to master the animal behaviour to find a prey successfully. Greek philosophers, while attempting to describe the order of the world, considered the animal origin and the attribute that makes them unique, differential animal behaviour was the obvious one. The importance of animal behaviour studies lies in better animal welfare and improving animal behavioural experiences preventing animal suffering. The 1965 report on intensive farming practices by Brambell committee that exposed farming practices in Europe paved the way to realise the importance of animal behaviour in animal welfare. Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of animal usage mentioned in Russell and Burch’s seminal book principles of humane experimental technique (1959) forms the core of regulatory guidelines in modern laboratory by animal experimentations. Stringent enforcement of legislation on use and care of experimental animals imposed by regulatory authorities have led to better safety and welfare of experimental animals in recent years.