Animal Welfare Approved

Standards and Program Definitions

The definitions in this document are designed to be read in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Approved program's published standards. They represent the definitions that auditors and farmers will use for program descriptions and auditing.

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  • Abnormal behavior
  • Abuse
  • Agricultural land
  • Alighting rail
  • Ambulatory
  • Amendment
  • Anesthetic
  • Animal by-products
  • Anoxic gases
  • Antibiotics
  • Appeal
  • Application pending
  • Arc
  • Arsenic
  • Artificial insemination
  • Audit
  • Beak clipping-trimming-tipping
  • Bedding
  • Biosecurity
  • Bloat
  • Boar
  • Body condition score
  • Branding
  • Breeding stock
  • Broiler
  • Brooding
  • Browse
  • Buck
  • Bull
  • Bunk feed
  • CAFO
  • Caged systems
  • Calf
  • Cannibalism
  • Castration
  • Cattle
  • Caustic paste
  • Chemical shearing
  • Chick
  • Chute
  • Clipping teeth
  • Cloned animals
  • Cold
  • Colony
  • Colostrum
  • Comb trimming
  • Communal farrowing
  • Communal nest box
  • Competent person
  • Compliant
  • Cone
  • Confinement feeding
  • Controlled Atmosphere Killing
  • Controlled Atmosphere Stunning
  • Cooperative
  • Cornstover
  • Cow
  • Cow-calf operation
  • Critically Non-Compliant
  • Crush
  • Cubicle
  • Cull
  • Culling
  • De-beaking
  • De-billing
  • De-clawing
  • De-horn
  • De-scenting
  • De-snooding
  • De-spurring
  • De-toeing
  • Debris
  • Denuded pasture
  • Depopulation
  • Derives a share of livelihood
  • Derogation
  • Dewlap
  • Disbud
  • Disc ring
  • Double-muscling
  • Downed animals
  • Dry matter basis
  • Dual purpose breeds
  • Dual system
  • Duck
  • Duckling
  • Dust bath
  • Ear tagging
  • Educational purpose
  • Electric cow trainer
  • Embryo transfer
  • Environment
  • Estrus inducing substances
  • Euthanasia
  • Ewe
  • Exceptionally high welfare
  • Exsanguination
  • Extensive grazing
  • Family farm
  • Family farm networks
  • Farrow
  • Farrowing crate
  • Farrowing hut
  • Farrowing pen
  • Fattening period
  • Feather pecking
  • Feeder animal
  • Feeding bunks
  • Feedlot bloat
  • Fertilizer
  • Filing teeth
  • Finishing
  • Finishing systems
  • Flock
  • Flooring
  • Fly strike
  • Forage
  • Forced molting
  • Foster cow
  • Free range
  • Free stall
  • Freeze branding
  • Friable
  • Gait scoring
  • Genetic selection
  • Genetically engineered animals
  • Gestation crate
  • Gilt
  • Gizzard
  • Glue boards
  • Goggles
  • Good standing
  • Grassland
  • Grinding teeth
  • Grit
  • Growth promoters
  • Growth rate
  • Hatchery
  • Health plan
  • Heavy Metals
  • Heifer
  • Hen
  • Herbaceous matter
  • Herd
  • Herding dog
  • High welfare practices
  • Hole punching
  • Homeopathy
  • Hot branding
  • Hot iron cauterization
  • Hot prod
  • Housing
  • Humane
  • Husbandry
  • Immunocastration
  • Implanted hormones
  • Incubator
  • Insensible
  • Insentient
  • Instinctive behavior
  • Interdigital infections
  • Interval feeding
  • Ionophores
  • Irreversible unconsciousness
  • Johnes disease
  • Kid
  • Lamb
  • Laying hens
  • Leg hold trap
  • Lethal control
  • Licensed hunter
  • Liquefaction
  • Liquefied manure handling system
  • Litter
  • Live trap
  • Livestock guardian animal
  • Livestock guardian dog
  • Loafing area
  • Look out position
  • Lux
  • Maltreatment
  • Mange
  • Manger
  • Manipulable
  • Mastitis
  • Meat chickens
  • Milk replacers
  • Molt
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Mulesing
  • Must
  • Natural weaning
  • Nest box
  • Non-compliant
  • Non-indigenous
  • Non-point pollution
  • Non-therapeutic
  • Nose-flap device
  • Not Approved
  • Not Known to Program
  • Notching
  • Organophosphates
  • Ottawa crate
  • Over-sized litter
  • Paddock
  • Pasture
  • Pasture-rotation
  • Perch
  • Pesticides
  • Physiological well-being:
  • Piglet
  • Pinioning
  • Poaching
  • Polled breeds
  • Pooled product
  • Poult
  • Predator
  • Predator control
  • Processing
  • Producer group
  • Properly composted
  • Pullets
  • Qualified expert
  • Ram
  • Range
  • Recommended
  • Required
  • Rescue animals
  • Review
  • Rooster
  • Roosting
  • Rotational grazing
  • Rumen
  • Scope
  • Septum nose-ring
  • Sequential individual feeding
  • Shackling
  • Shearing
  • Shelter
  • Should
  • Showing
  • Shows
  • Shows and showing
  • Skip a day feeding
  • Slatted flooring
  • Slaughter
  • Snare
  • Social hierarchy
  • Sow
  • Spaying
  • Split [production] system
  • Squeeze Chute
  • Stock
  • Stockyard
  • Store animal
  • Stress
  • Stun
  • Subcutaneous Radio Frequency Identification
  • Sulpha drugs
  • Supernumerary teats
  • Sustainable
  • Tail docking
  • Tether/tethering
  • Therapeutic levels
  • Thermal stress
  • Thrive
  • Tie stall
  • Tipped horns
  • Two step weaning
  • Vaccine
  • Vertical integration
  • Wattle trimming
  • Weaning
  • Working dog
  • Working group
  • Worms
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