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Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context
     

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context

by David Fraser
 

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"This is a delightful book, full of interesting aspects of animal welfare. An excellent guide to the academic study of animal welfare science."
Marian Stamp Dawkins, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context takes a completely fresh and thought-provoking approach. It is

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"This is a delightful book, full of interesting aspects of animal welfare. An excellent guide to the academic study of animal welfare science."
Marian Stamp Dawkins, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context takes a completely fresh and thought-provoking approach. It is essential reading for anyone interested, studying or currently working in the fascinating field of animal welfare science. David Fraser places modern-day welfare issues within their historical framework by tracing the evolving ideas that led to current thinking. He also highlights some intriguing issues relating to the contradiction inherent in the term 'animal welfare science' and the practical problem of how to assess emotional states in animals.

Special features:

  • Encompasses ideas from a variety of disciplines to give a broad perspective of the topic.
  • Discusses methods of measuring animal welfare and their strengths and limitations.
  • Examines contemporary debates and applications of the science to policy issues.

"... an impressive historical narrative of the genesis and growth of animal welfare as a scientific discipline.... The book will be invaluable for anyone involved with animal welfare issues on an academic level or those involved with the integration of these principles into current care and handling issues facing agriculture, companion, laboratory, wild, or zoo animals."
Carolyn L. Stull, PhD, Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis

"Fraser offers insights only possible from someone with his considerable experience and understanding."
Dr. Chris Sherwin, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol

This book is part of the UFAW/Wiley-Blackwell Animal Welfare Book Series. This major series of books produced in collaboration between UFAW (The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare), and Wiley-Blackwell provides an authoritative source of information on worldwide developments, current thinking and best practice in the field of animal welfare science and technology. For details of all of the titles in the series see www.wiley.com/go/ufaw.

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Reviewer: Karen L Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book explores a variety of topics relating to the science of animal welfare in three major parts. Part I presents a historical perspective on how animals and animal use have been viewed in different cultures; part II describes the various methods that may be used to evaluate the well-being of animals; and part III explores current areas of debate in animal welfare science.
Purpose: The goal is to provide an introduction to animal welfare science that includes historical perspectives, scientific methodology, and current areas of controversy. A book like this is needed because of the great interest in animal rights and animal welfare. This book provides excellent insights into these areas.
Audience: It will be of interest and value to students and scientists with an interest in animal welfare, animal producers, veterinarians and others working with animals, and policy makers, the latter including both government and corporate workers. The author, a professor in the animal welfare program at the University of British Columbia, is recognized as a pioneer of animal welfare science.
Features: This interesting book explains how modern-day animal welfare issues have evolved from a variety of different cultural views on animals and the importance of promoting their well-being. The author describes the difficulty of assessing emotional states of animals and explains the different types of scientific studies that can be used to assess animal well-being. Importantly, the author points out the strengths and shortcomings of different methods of assessing animal well-being. The discussion of contemporary debates in policies relating to animal use and housing are fascinating. References and an index will assist readers in locating topics of interest. The only shortcoming is a relative scarcity of illustrations.
Assessment: This is a must-read for those interested in understanding the background of animal welfare and how science can be used to better define animal well-being under different circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118697368
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/27/2013
Series:
UFAW Animal Welfare
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

David Fraser is one of the pioneers of animal welfare science. He has published widely on animal welfare research, its practical applications, and its philosophical basis. He is currently Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and serves as an advisor to many international organizations.

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