What Should We Do About Animal Welfare / Edition 1

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Animal welfare is an issue that concerns us all. Recent advances in scientific understanding of welfare and proposals for ways of keeping animals have not fully reached the public domain. This book takes an informative approach aimed at raising the level of public debate and emphasising even though decisions are complex and compromise may sometimes be necessary, action can and should be taken now to improve animal welfare. Michael Appleby has been awarded the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW) Hulme Fellowship to write this book.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This book explains the fundamentals of animal welfare. It also explores the latest topics and proposals, stressing the need for immediate action toward improvement. A rational examination of the politics and economics of animal welfare is offered.

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"The earnest tone, completeness of the spectrum of animal uses discussed, and the simplicity and clarity of the prose and drawings all make this volume a good one to recommend to people who work with animals and need a quick primer in welfare. And readers who often encounter such animal workers might want to get a few extra copies to hand out."

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Appleby (farm animal behavior and welfare, U. of Edinburgh) provides an explanation of the science and ethics of animal welfare, describing not only how animals are currently used and often abused, but also providing suggestions for improvement in the future and discussing ways that both individuals and governments can work to improve the treatment of animals. The book also tackles some philosophical questions concerning sentience and consciousness, and whether some animals are "more equal than others." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632050666
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Dedication viii

Chapter 1 Noah’s New Ark: Why should we do anything? 1

Chapter 2 Humans, animals and machines: Understanding animal welfare 19

Chapter 3 One big happy family: Differences between animals 45

Chapter 4 To have and to hold: Keeping and killing animals 65

Chapter 5 Made in our image: Selection and modification of animals 87

Chapter 6 Home is where the heart is: Housing and environments 113

Chapter 7 Give and take: Animal treatment 129

Chapter 8 Buying power: Individual action 149

Chapter 9 Votes and lobbies: Action by society 167

Appendix Some useful addresses 186

Index 188

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