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Frustrations of fur-farmed mink

By Georgia J. Mason, Jonathan Cooper and Catherine Clarebrough

Abstract

Captive animals may suffer if strongly motivated to perform activities that their housing does not allow. We investigated this experimentally for caged mink, and found that they would pay high costs to perform a range of natural behaviours, and release cortisol if their most preferred activity, swimming, was prevented.\ud Investigates the effect of limitations on caged mink. Popularity of fur farming; Research into the possible deprivation of mink, which result in their frustration; Details of the experiment; Impact of an access to water; Results which indicate that fur-farmed mink are still motivated to perform the same activities as their wild counterpart

Topics: D328 Animal Welfare
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1038/35065157
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:516

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