Companion Animal Ethics explores the important ethical questions and problems that arise as a result of humans keeping animals as companions.
- The first comprehensive book dedicated to ethical and welfare concerns surrounding companion animals
- Scholarly but still written in an accessible and engaging style
- Considers the idea of animal companionship and why it should matter ethically
- Explores problems associated with animals sharing human lifestyles and homes, such as obesity, behavior issues, selective breeding, over-treatment, abandonment, euthanasia and environmental impacts
- Offers insights into practical ways of improving ethical standards relating to animal companions
"This book provides ample food for thought for anyone involved in the animal sector to engage in reflection of their views by clearly working through important ethical questions commonly encountered in companion animal interaction and medicine in particular. It would make a valuable contribution to any practising veterinarian's library, and I would even suggest it to be essential reading for many."
– Veterinary Record 2016
Chapter 1. History of Companion Animals and the Companion Animal Sector
Chapter 2. The development and role of the veterinary and other professions in relation to companion animals
Chapter 3. Human Attachment to Companion Animals
Chapter 4. Companion Animal Welfare
Chapter 5. Theories of Companion Animal Ethics
Chapter 6. Breeding and Acquiring Companion Animals
Chapter 7. Selective breeding
Chapter 8: Feeding - and the Problem of Obesity
Chapter 9. Companion Animal Training and Behavioural Problems
Chapter 10. Routine Neutering of Companion Animals
Chapter 11. Performing convenience surgery: tail docking, ear cropping, debarking and declawing
Chapter 12. Treating ill animals, and end-of-life issues
Chapter 13. Unwanted and unowned companion animals
Chapter 14. Ethics and Broader Impacts of Companion Animals
Chapter 15. Other Companions
Chapter 16. Companion animals and the future
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Peter Sandøe is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he has been teaching animal ethics to veterinary and animal science students for nearly two decades. He is co-author of Ethics of Animal Use (Wiley Blackwell, 2008) and co-editor of Dilemmas in Animal Welfare (CABI, 2014).
Sandra Corr is Clinical Reader in Small Animal Surgery, at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, UK. She is a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, who spends her time teaching veterinary students, and working in referral practice. She has published widely in veterinary and comparative journals.
Clare Palmer is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A & M University, USA. She is the author of Animal Ethics in Context (Columbia University Press, 2010), the editor of Animal Rights in the Ashgate International Library of Essays on Rights (2008) and co-editor of Killing Animals (Illinois University Press 2006).