OverviewThe Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being (CSAW) at Washington State University is a cooperative effort between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. The goals of CSAW are to generate and disseminate new knowledge aimed at improving the well-being of animals, to enhance the mutual benefits of human-animal interactions and to develop and present educational and public service programs on animal well-being and human-animal interactions.
Both domestic and wild animals represent emotional, ecological, and economical values to humanity. There is public concern about animal use in education, research, food production, entertainment, and as companions. It is important for society to learn more about the biological and psychological needs of all animals in order to determine what factors of animal care and use controlled by humans are truly in the animals' best interest.