The Impact of the Blue Tongue Disease in the Animal Welfare

ELVANA ZHEZHA1*, RUZHDI KEÇI2

1PhD Student, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

2Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

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Abstract

This is the first study in Albania on impact of bluetongue disease on animal welfare. The study was based on impact of the disease on the five freedoms and universal animal rights. All five freedoms appear to be affected in different level, ranged from 23%, from freedom to thirst, up to 62.6% from pain freedom.

Keywords: animal welfare; universal freedoms; violation of freedom; levels of influence; measure; indicator.