Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, September 2011by Christopher Wathes
The first International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics (ICVAE) held in September 2011 saw leading experts from across the world come together to discuss the most important issues of animal welfare in contemporary veterinary practice and research. This is the extended proceedings of that conference, enabling all those interested in this increasingly
The first International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics (ICVAE) held in September 2011 saw leading experts from across the world come together to discuss the most important issues of animal welfare in contemporary veterinary practice and research. This is the extended proceedings of that conference, enabling all those interested in this increasingly significant subject to benefit from the insights of those discussions.
The conference was divided into four sessions: Principles of veterinary and animal ethics; Justifying ends - the morality of animal use; Ethical analyses of animal use; and Cultural, political, legal and economic considerations. Each session contained four or five papers, and these are presented here in full, as well as the transcribed question and answer sessions at the end of each paper, and a short post-presentation reflection from each author. Also included is the debate on the motion ‘Is it better to have lived and lost than never to have lived at all?’ which records three prepared responses to the question as well as registrants’ comments from the floor.
• Contributions from the leading thinkers in veterinary and animal ethics today
• Includes stimulating, challenging, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial discussions
• Addresses key questions on the role of the veterinarian and the morality of animal use, as well as our impact on wildlife
• Provides guidance on the practical application of ethical principles and the problems encountered
Published as part of the UFAW Animal Welfare book series. See www.wiley.com/go/ufaw for more details.
Description: This compilation of the proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics that was held in London in September 2011 includes both the presentations and the questions and answer sessions that occurred afterward.
Purpose: The book, and the conference, is an attempt to ask the right questions about animal welfare, even if correct answers are not readily available. The objective is to highlight controversial issues and begin to develop a sense of how modern society should address them. Reading the book, it becomes clear that a consensus may be difficult to reach, but clearly the questions are worthy of being asked.
Audience: It is intended for all individuals who have or use animals for any purpose. The proposed audience is as varied as the animal species covered in section III of the book. All of the presenters have excellent credentials and the editors have done an admirable job of capturing their thoughts and responses.
Features: An overview of the history and principles of veterinary and medical ethics makes up the first section. The book considers the morality of animal use in section two and then attempts to analyze the ethics of animal use in the third section. The fourth section explores the cultural, legal, and economic considerations of animal use. The last section describes the debate about animal use from various perspectives surrounding the question "Is it better to have lived and lost than never to have lived at all?"
Assessment: This book opens with a number of questions for readers designed to prompt deep thought about the use of animals. The conference participants asked a lot of questions in their presentations, many of which are not answered or, perhaps, not immediately answerable. The editors have done a great job of providing the information as it was presented and their efforts will enable readers to develop their own opinions.
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