This is a linkpost for https://www.wildanimalinitiative.org/blog/definition-of-welfare
In this blog post, Deputy Director Cameron Meyer Shorb sets out to define welfare as we understand it.
- Wild Animal Initiative uses “welfare” to refer to the aggregate quality of an individual’s subjective experiences over a given time period.
- As we define it, welfare consists solely of mental states. This intentionally differentiates welfare from factors that contribute to mental states, such as physical states or natural behaviors.
- We hope research will improve our definition of welfare by clarifying what exactly constitutes subjective experiences, which animals are capable of having them, and how to aggregate and compare those experiences across time, individuals, species, or communities.