Argues that it is now possible to assess, on scientific grounds, how various animals feel, what they need for a tolerable existence, and what they should expect from humans. The second edition explains how working protocols can be implemented on farms, in laboratories and in recreation.
John Webster has written an even-handed but hard-hitting critique of modern livestock farming 1995 New Scientist "This is a thought provoking and sensible book which can be highly recommended to all those interested in animal welfare" PH Holmes, Jan 1996 Veterinary Record. "I expect to be reading this book many times over the next 20 years. It will, in my opinion, become a central guidepost in the emerging discipline of animal welfare. John Webster's contribution is formidable and he unquestionably achieves his stated goal." Ken Johnson, Dec 1995 ANZCCART News (Australian laboratory animal society newsletter)
Preface; Part I: Introduction - Man's Dominion Over the Animals; Introduction; Man's Dominion; Part II: Analysis - How Is It For Them?; Animal Mind and Aminal Suffering; Hunger and Thirst; Housing and Habitat; Pain, Sickness and Death; Friends, Foes; Fears and Stress; Part III: Advocacy - What We Can Do For Them; Farm Animals; Pigs and Poultry; Cattle and Other Ruminants; Horses and Pets; Wild Animals; Animals and Science; Right Thought and Right Action; Further Reading; Index
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John Webster is Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol. Author of the widely acclaimed Animal Welfare: A Cool Eye Towards Eden, he is the founding father of the Bristol Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science group that has gathered evidence and pioneered the arguments necessary to achieve improved welfare standards for veal calves, broiler chickens, laying hens and dairy cows.