Researchers Develop New Technology to Read Pigs’ Emotions

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Researchers Develop New Technology to Read Pigs’ Emotions

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen aredevelopingan automated emotion recognition tool that they claim can be used to assess pig welfare on farms. Lead researcher Elodie Briefer thinks this technology can be an important tool for determiningpositive welfarein animals, which looks beyond just the alleviation of suffering to how animals can have more fulfilled lives.

“Animals need to thrive,” says Briefer in aninterviewwith Copenhagen University, “It is not enough that they are in good physical shape or you reduce negative emotions.”

To create the technology, researchers collected previously recorded vocalizations from pigs in past studies. From this data, they selected 7,414 pig calls from some of the more disturbing moments in the pigs’ lives. The data included…

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