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The humane treatment of animals in large-scale production facilities has become a hot-topic and is increasingly an issue of concern for American consumers. Evidence of this fact is a recent Gallup poll indicating that three out of four Americans want legislated assurance that farm animals receive proper care. Now available in paperback, the text Farm Animal Welfare, defines and explores this issue and reflects author Rollin's personal work for farm animal welfare. Delving into all aspects of commercial production, Rollin covers the role that veterinary science, animal science, agriculture, agribusiness, and government regulation play in commercial production of farm animals. Written in an easy-to-read, engaging style, this text examines: The origin and nature of the new social ethic for animals, covering the philosophical, ethical, social, and scientific dimensions of agricultural animal welfare. The need for a new ethic that goes beyond simple concerns about "kindness" and "cruelty" to animals. The history of social concern for animals used in biomedical research and how this can serve as a model for action by concerned agriculturalists. Specific animal welfare issues for each agriculture production industry and how each issue can be addressed through research and information.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
Part 1 The Social and Bioethical Background.
1. The New Social Ethic for Animals.
Personal Ethics and Social Ethics
Traditional Social Ethics and the Treatment of Animals.
The Inadequacy of the Traditional Ethic.
The Rise of the New Ethic.
The Nature of the Emerging Ethic: Beyond Cruelty
Evidence for the Presence of the New Ethic.
The Relevance of the New Social Ethic to Agriculture.
2. Welfare Research and Scientific Ideology.
Scientific and Producer Attitudes toward Animal Welfare
Can Animal Suffering Be Assessed Scientifically?
What Sorts of Research Should Be Undertaken?
How, Morally, Ought Welfare Research Be Conducted?
Animal Welfare and Genetic Engineering.
Part 2 Research Issues in Farm Animal Welfare.
3. The Beef Industry.
Welfare Issues in Ranching.
4. The Swine Industry.
Confinement of Sows.
Modification of Existing Systems.
Development of New Systems.
Looking at Traditional Systems.
Other Sow Welfare Problems.
Handling and Transport
5. The Dairy Industry.
Ethograms for Cattle.
Welfare Issues of Cows
6. The Veal Industry.
Welfare Problems in Current Systems.
7. The Poultry Industry.
Welfare Issues in Battery-Cage Egg Production.
Improving Hen Welfare.
Changing the Animal.
Problems in Broiler Welfare.
Handling, Transportation, and Slaughter of Poultry.