Inadequate animal husbandry

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Agricultural mismanagement of animals
Unknowledgeable animal care
Uninformed animal sanitation
Underdeveloped husbandry management
Unskilled livestock management
Inexperienced animal husbandry

Mismanagement of farm animals may include inadequate feeding, inadequate housing (not allowing enough light, space, ventilation), overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, abuse of antibiotics, vaccines, and methods of forced growth. Such mismanagement may lead to a loss of productive capacity but, significantly, it may be unnecessarily inhumane and lead to severe animal stress and discomfort. The problem may occur through ignorance or through excessive commercial exploitation of animals, often by industrial concerns which have less knowledge and appreciation of the requirements of animals than does the farming community in general.


Inadequate care of farm animals leads to less than maximum productivity and much animal stress. Inaccurate assessment of demand for animal products leads to surpluses and financial loss. Surpluses frequently occur in production from intensive farming units, where investors are concerned mainly with a high rate of production and quick turnover, without taking due account of the level of demand. Losses from surplus production are not so detrimental as they can be offset against tax returns; therefore there is less incentive to curb this kind of agricultural mismanagement.

Zoos may not provide enough space for wild animals, nor the environment which is conducive to their well-being.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
23.07.2019 – 20:02 CEST