Cadmium and the welfare of animals

Phillips, C. J. C. and Prankel, S. H. (2011). Cadmium and the welfare of animals. In Jerome O. Nriagu (Ed.), Encyclopedia of environmental health (pp. 451-455) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-52272-6.00503-1

Author Phillips, C. J. C.
Prankel, S. H.
Title of chapter Cadmium and the welfare of animals
Title of book Encyclopedia of environmental health
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier Science
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-444-52272-6.00503-1
ISBN 9780444522733
Editor Jerome O. Nriagu
Volume number 1
Chapter number 351
Start page 451
End page 455
Total pages 5
Total chapters 570
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Cadmium is a toxic agent that affects human health, and in this article its impacts on animal health and welfare are examined. There is evidence that some farm animals can detect and actively avoid it when presented with feedstuffs with a range of cadmium concentrations. Concentrations in soil are usually greater than those in feedstuffs because most plants do not transport cadmium effectively into stem and leaf material. Hence, herbivores that consume some soil while grazing are particularly at risk, especially wild herbivores that are relatively long-lived, such as deer, as cadmium accumulates in their organs over time. Deer and other wild species have been found to show evidence of nephrotoxicosis as a result of cadmium consumption, even in relatively unpolluted regions. Concomitant stresses such as inadequate food supplies may exacerbate cadmium toxicity in these animals. The chemical form of cadmium is of major significance in determining the toxicity, and pigs and other monogastric animals are believed to be at risk because they cannot produce the enzyme phytase in their gastrointestinal tract. Synergistic effects with other toxic elements, such as lead, exacerbate the adverse effects of cadmium on pig welfare, and it has been established that cadmium has the ability to reduce the uptake of some essential elements, such as zinc. It is concluded that cadmium pollution has the potential to adversely affect the welfare of animals, especially animals in the wild.
Keyword Animals
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 18 Oct 2011, 12:40:05 EST by Professor Clive Phillips on behalf of Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics