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Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare

By: Andrew Knight(Editor), Clive JC Phillips(Editor), Paula Sparks(Editor)
534 pages, 23 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Earthscan
Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare
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  • Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare ISBN: 9781032022062 Hardback Aug 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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About this book

This handbook presents a much-needed and comprehensive exploration of the rapidly growing fields of animal welfare and law.

In recent years there has been increasing attention paid to our complex, multifaceted relationships with other animals, and in particular, the depth and breadth of various societal uses of animals. This has led to a reconsideration of their moral and social status, which has sometimes challenged the interests of those who use animals. In such a contested domain, sound evidence and reasoning become particularly important. Through firm commitment to such principles, this book explores the biological foundations for the moral consideration of animals and for evolving conceptualisations of animal welfare. It reviews in detail the welfare concerns associated with numerous forms of animal use. The inclusion of key recent developments such as climate change, pandemics, and antimicrobial resistance, ensures this text is among the most current in its field. The ethical implications of the various uses of animals by society are considered, and chapters provide important recommendations for reforms of practice, law, or policy. The status of animal law internationally, and in major world regions, is reviewed. Finally, the book considers human behavioural change and strategies for improving stakeholder communication and education.

The handbook is essential reading for students and scholars of animal welfare, animal law and animal ethics everywhere, and for policy-makers and other professionals working in the animal welfare sector.


PART 1: Animal welfare fundamentals
1. The moral status of animals: biological foundations / John Webster
2. Animal welfare concepts / Donald M Broom
3. Animal welfare assessment / Harry J Blokhuis and Isabelle Veissier

PART 2: Animal farming, transportation, and killing
4. Contemporary animal farming / Carla Forte Maiolino Molento and Clive Julian Christie Phillips
5. Farming poultry / Tina M Widowski and Ana K Rentsch
6. Farming pigs / Sandra Edwards
7. Farming cattle / Clive JC Phillips
8. Farming sheep and goats / Cathy M Dwyer
9. Farming non-domesticated and semi-domesticated terrestrial species / David Arney
10. Farming fish / Joao L Saraiva, Pablo Arechavala-Lopez, and Lynne U Sneddon
11. Transportation / Michael S Cockram
12. Slaughter, euthanasia, and depopulation / Temple Grandin

PART 3: Animal use for other purposes
13. Scientific and educational animal use / Andrew Knight
14. Animals in entertainment / David A Fennell and Sarah Coose
15. Zoos and Aquaria / Terry L Maple and Bonnie M Perdue
16. Hunting, fishing, and whaling / Laetitia Nunny and Mark P Simmonds
17. Commercial fisheries / Moira Harris

PART 4: Species-specific concerns
18. Canines and felines / Heather Bacon
19. Equines / Sophie Hill
20. Non-domesticated terrestrial species / Miriam A Zemanova
21. Companion fish / Sabrina Brando
22. Marine mammals / Sabrina Brando

PART 5: Recent and emerging issues
23. Climate change, human–wildlife conflict, and biodiversity loss / Bob Fischer
24. Animal welfare and human health / Cynthia Schuck-Paim, Wladimir J Alonso, and Eric Slywitch
25. Animal disaster management / Steve Glassey

PART 6: Animal ethics and law
26. Animal ethics / Cheryl Abbate
27. Animal law – historical, contemporary, and international developments / Ian Robertson and Paula Sparks
28. Key animal law in Australia / Meg Good and Jed Goodfellow
29. Key animal law in China / Deborah Cao
30. Key animal law across Europe / Debbie Legge
31. Key animal law in India / Sonia Shad and Yashprada Joglekar
32. Key animal law in South Africa / David I Bilchitz and Amy P Wilson
33. Key animal law in the United States / Matthew Liebman

PART 7: Social change for animals
34. Stakeholder groups and perspectives / Joy M Verrinder and Clive JC Phillips
35. Animal advocacy and human behavioural change / Tamzin Furtado, Suzanne Rogers, and Jo White
36. Animal Welfare Education and Communication / Ruth De Vere

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Andrew Knight (MANZCVS, DipECAWBM (AWSEL), DipACAW, PhD, FRCVS, PFHEA) is a Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, at the University of Winchester, UK. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, Australia. Prior to working in academia, he practised veterinary medicine for nearly a decade.

Clive JC Phillips (BSc, MA, PhD) was Australia’s first Professor of Animal Welfare, at the University of Queensland, Australia, and foundation director of the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics. He previously lectured at the University of Cambridge and the University of Wales, UK. His books include Principles of Cattle Production (third edition, 2018), The Animal Trade (2015), and The Welfare of Animals: The Silent Majority (2008). He has authored about four hundred scientific journal articles. He chairs the Queensland and Western Australia Governments' Animal Welfare Boards, is editor-in-chief of the journal Animals, edits an Animal Welfare Series, and is Director of the Humane Society International.

Paula Sparks (LLB (Hons), BL) is a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, UK, where she teaches animal law. She practised as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London before leaving the bar in 2018 to pursue a full-time role with the UK Centre of Animal Law (A-LAW), a charity whose vision is a world where animals are fully protected by law. She frequently lectures and writes about animal-related laws and policies.

By: Andrew Knight(Editor), Clive JC Phillips(Editor), Paula Sparks(Editor)
534 pages, 23 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Earthscan
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"Globally, non-human animals – aka animals – need all the help they can get in an increasingly human-dominated world. The Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare comprehensively reviews the welfare of animals in the wide array of settings in which they are used, including emerging issues such as the impacts of intensive farming and the wildlife trade on climate change, biodiversity loss, and antimicrobial resistance and pandemics. A most valuable source of up-to-date information for a global audience."
– Marc Bekoff PhD, University of Colorado, USA

"Human activity is responsible for serious welfare problems for billions of non-human animals. Identifying the action required to address these issues and securing public support for it demands good evidence, wise reflection, and clear argumentation. This book provides all three and is an essential resource for anyone concerned about animal welfare."
– Prof. David L Clough MA (Cantab), MSt (Oxon), PhD (Yale), FHEA, University of Aberdeen, UK

"A defining text in the field of animal welfare. Challenging, insightful, and current, this book covers a diversity of subject areas in the rapidly evolving arena of animal welfare. Both informative and balanced, the chapters explore and test our moral perceptions towards animals from a legal, cultural, and ethical perspective. In a time of changing attitudes with so many global issues at the forefront of society, this book provides a welcome and much needed contribution to conceptualisation of animal welfare in the modern day."
– Prof. Luke Gamble BVSc, DVM&S, FRCVS, Chief Executive – Worldwide Veterinary Service, UK

"The Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare is the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of animal welfare issues in all settings in which they are used – or misused. It provides compelling scientific evidence as to why the welfare of animals is important for the sake of millions of sentient beings, and also for our own health. Everyone concerned with the well-being of animals – students and professors, NGO staffers, and legislators – should read and own this book."
– Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder – The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"This textbook combines both classical and new topics in the rapidly growing discipline of animal welfare. It integrates important neighboring fields, such as animal ethics and animal law. It considers changes in human-animal interaction, and is an invaluable guide for navigating this rapidly changing terrain. The book demonstrates animal welfare science's growing importance for social decision-making and pushes the field forward in a number of important fronts."
– Univ.-Prof. Dr Herwig Grimm, Ethics and Human-Animal Studies, Messerli Research Institute, Veterinary University Vienna, Medical University Vienna, University Vienna, Austria

"Finally, there is a comprehensive, evidence-based animal welfare text that doesn't shy away from examining the hard questions about how humans use animals, and how the Anthropocene impacts animals. Edited by luminaries, and with a range of expert contributing authors, this text is essential reading for anyone whose study or work relates to animal welfare."
– Dr Jennifer Hood BSc Hons, BVMS, PhD, Veterinary Director Animals Australia and Adjunct Senior Lecturer Murdoch Veterinary School, Australia

"We are at a critical point in human history. Central to the health, climate, and ecological crises is the way we treat other animals and their habitats. This book brings to the forefront the true impact of animal exploitation in all its forms. I hope the book will persuade many that we can live a kinder, more compassionate life on this planet in harmony with all life forms."
– Shireen Kassam MD, PhD, Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition. University of Winchester, UK

"This book on animal welfare is unique in challenging the notion that animals are resources for humans. Kudos to the editors for such an ambitious and ethically oriented book. This book is essential reading for students, and anyone interested in animal welfare and innovative means to improve it. Highly recommended!"
– Barry Kipperman DVM, DACVIM, MSc, DACAW, Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare and Instructor of Veterinary Ethics at the University of California at Davis, USA

"Animal welfare law and policy constitute a field of growing importance in society, and in the teaching of law, public ethics, politics and veterinary science. The Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare distils the knowledge and experience of 50 authors, into a comprehensive and rigorous summary of key animal law and welfare issues around the globe. It is a magisterial exposition of the neglectful past; the contemporary awakening; and the future enlightenment concerning our relationship to other animals. This book makes a signal contribution to the fields of animal law and welfare."
– The Hon. Michael Kirby AC, CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia. Editor-In-Chief of The Laws of Australia

"This impressive book folds science with vision on the ethics of animal use and how things need to change. Covering animal welfare and its interdependencies with human health and environmental impact in an accessible way, it is a handbook in the true sense of the word: an authoritative volume that I'll certainly be keeping close to hand."
– Prof. Philip Lymbery, Global CEO, Compassion in World Farming International

"A uniquely broad collection that describes the varied (and generally harmful) impacts that humans have on other animals, whether by farming them for food or simply encroaching into their wild habitats. Readers will welcome the truly international perspective. A tour de force by a stellar group of animal welfare scientists, experts in animal law and ethics, veterinarians, and animal advocates. Anyone who cares about animals will find this book a comprehensive resource and will be encouraged and inspired by the final section showing how change can be achieved."
– Christine Nicol MA, DPhil, Professor of Animal Welfare, Royal Veterinary College, UK

"We are witnessing a revolution in how humans view and treat other animals, necessitating a fresh look at the human/non-human animal relationship. The editors of the Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare have assembled experts from various fields, bringing scientific and historical perspectives that are helpful to deepen our understanding of animal protection in the 21st century. This book is a welcome and important contribution to animal welfare literature."
– Joyce Tischler JD, Professor of Practice, Animal Law, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

"Provides the scientific case for the multiple (human and non-human) co-benefits of abolishing the economic exploitation of other animals."
– Dr Richard Twine, PhD, Co-Director of the Centre for Human–Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, UK

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