The welfare of animals is a subject that challenges every one of us. We use animals for food, companionship, sport and clothing and even the welfare of wild animals is affected by human activities. We are increasingly questioning whether this is necessary, desirable and humane. This book provides a framework to make those difficult decisions. Aspects of welfare that are important to animals are considered, as well as their rights to different welfare standards.
Provision for animal welfare depends as much on culture, gender and other societal influences as any scientific advances in management systems. The influence of intensification of animal use, especially in food production, on welfare is considerable and the international scale of welfare issues with different types of animals is discussed. The author describes his experiences investigating animal welfare in a vast range of different situations, from the Bedouins slaughtering sheep in the desert to livestock being transported overseas from Australia to the Middle East. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the welfare of animals, but especially veterinarians, animal owners and animal scientists.
From the reviews: "The book places human attitudes toward animal welfare into cultural and religious perspective, and gives additional consideration to the influence of education, gender, and genetics. ! The author addresses ethical standards of animal care and animal use in relation to government legislation, beliefs of animal rights activists, public opinion, biomedical research and teaching ! . This thought-provoking book will be of interest to ethicists, animal scientists, veterinarians, animal caretakers, and anyone concerned with animal welfare. Summing Up: Recommended. All collections." (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)
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