Evidence of pain in piglets subjected to invasive management procedures

Armelle Prunier*, Celine Tallet, DA Sandercock

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In this chapter, the authors examine the physiological and behavioural reactions in pigs submitted to tissue damaging procedures. They are grouped in three parts: (1) neural, (2) hormonal and metabolic and (3) behavioural consequences. The chapter focuses on surgical castration, tail docking and tooth resection that are very common in the pig industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of pigs
EditorsSandra Edwards
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherBurleigh Dodds Science Publishing
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)9781786764430
Publication statusPrint publication - 16 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameBurleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science
PublisherBurleigh Dodds Science Publishing


  • Pig
  • animal welfare
  • pain
  • Piglets
  • Painful procedures
  • tail docking
  • surgical castration
  • Tooth shortening


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