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HIGHER ANIMAL WELFARE STRENGTHENS THE ANIMAL IMMUNE SYSTEM (part 1)

THE LINK BETWEEN STRESS AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The nervous system releases specific neurotransmitters (“messenger substances”), in case of pain or stress in humans and animals.

These substances have a negative effect on the immune system. This is one of the reasons why it is important to be constantly alert to factors that influence well-being.

 

With regard to animal welfare, animals that are kept or treated under conditions that are not optimal for them develop stress.

Examples are: rough handling, lameness, injuries, improper nutrition, too little space, slippery floors and so on.

This has a negative effect on the immune system. 

The immune system is very sensitive to stress.

Stressed animals therefore show more severe reactions to infections.

This requires a lot of energy from the animal. Energy at the expense of growth, milk production and fertility.