What’s the Difference Between Animal Welfare and Rights?

Dr. Camie Heleski talks about what distinguishes welfare from rights and how the two concepts apply to caring for and training our horses.
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Animal welfare and animal rights are two related but separate concepts important to understanding horse well-being. Camie Heleski, PhD, of the University of Kentucky, shares how she teachers her students about these two ideas, as well as the role of welfare in training horses. 


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Camie Heleski, PhD, MS, is an instructor and adviser in the University of Kentucky equine science and management program. Previously, she worked at Michigan State University, where she was the two-year horse management program coordinator for 25 years. Her applied research interests include equine behavior and welfare, horse-human interactions, and working equids in the world’s developing regions. She’s currently president of the International Society for Equitation Science and has served as scientific chair for the National Farm Animal Care Council’s Canadian equine welfare code committee. Her equine research and outreach efforts have taken her to Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Egypt, and Mali. She enjoys dressage with her Arabian gelding, MSU Ducati._x000D_ _x000D_

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