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Animal Welfare

By: Michael C Appleby(Editor), Joy A Mench(Editor), I Anna S Olsson(Editor), Barry O Hughes(Editor)

328 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

CABI Publishing

Paperback | Jun 2011 | Edition: 2 | #191139 | ISBN-13: 9781845936594
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About this book

The welfare of animals continues to increase in recognition and concern throughout the world, with more and more research in the field offering new insights into the optimal conditions and treatment for the animals we live and work with. Providing a broad introduction to the key topics in the welfare of animals large and small, farm and companion, wild and zoo, this fully updated textbook covers ethics, animal pain and injury, health and disease and social conditions, welfare issues and problems, their assessment, and solutions.

"[...] well written and provides an excellent introduction to the science of welfare and ethics [...] fascinating to read [...] I believe that practicing vets, students and all with an interest in welfare and behaviour (e.g. animal trainers, vet nurses, zoo staff) would benefit from reading this book."
- Australian Veterinary Journal Vol. 89, No 12, 2011



Part I. Issues
1. Animal ethics
2. Understanding animal welfare

Part II. Problems
3. Environmental challenge and animal agency
4. Hunger and thirst
5. Pain
6. Fear and other negative emotions
7. Behavioural restriction

Part III. Assessment
8. Health and disease
9. Behaviour
10. Physiology
11. Preference and motivation research
12. Practical strategies to assess (and improve) welfare

Part IV. Solutions
13. Physical conditions
14. Social conditions
15. Human contact
16. Genetic selection

Part V. Implementation
17. Economics
18. Incentives and enforcement
19. International issues

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Appleby (BSc Zoology, PhD Animal Behaviour) is Chief Scientific Adviser with The World Society for the Protection of Animals, based in London, UK. At the Poultry Research Centre and the University of Edinburgh, UK, he carried out research for 20 years on behaviour and welfare of farm animals, before a period with The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, DC. His most recent book is Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals (co-editor, 2008). Dr Appleby is a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (Farm Animal Welfare Committee from April 2011) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth and the Scottish Agricultural College.

Hughes is a veterinary surgeon, now retired, who worked from 1966 to 2004 at the Poultry Research Centre and the Roslin Institute at Edinburgh. His research was on poultry behaviour and welfare, focussing especially on specific appetites, laying behaviour, egg shell quality, feather pecking and housing systems. He headed the Ethology Department from 1988 to 1997 and was Institute Named Veterinary Surgeon and Chair of the Ethics Committee from 1993 to 2004. He was also a Tutor in the Open University on Biology, Brain and Behaviour and Lecturer on Edinburgh University's MSc course in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare. He was Editor of British Poultry Science from 1985 to 2010 and remains on the Editorial Board.

Mench (BA Biology, DPhil Ethology and Neurobiology) is a Professor of Animal Science and the Director of the Center for Animal Welfare at the University of California, Davis. She conducts research on the behaviour and welfare of poultry and small laboratory animals, with a particular emphasis on management and environmental enrichment. She serves on numerous national and international committees and boards that address issues related to farm and laboratory animal welfare, and teaches courses on animal welfare and animal ethics.

Olsson (MSc Animal Science, PhD Ethology) is Researcher at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Porto, Portugal. With a background in farm animal welfare science, she has developed research into laboratory animal behaviour and welfare as well as ethics of animal research and biotechnology since 2001. She has set up the first animal welfare research group in Portugal where she also coordinates internationally accredited training for life sciences researchers using animals. Anna Olsson is an editorial board member of the journal Laboratory Animals, executive council member of the European Society for Food and Agricultural Ethics and a member of the Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment.

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