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The Sciences of Animal Welfare

Series: UFAW/Wiley-Blackwell Animal Welfare Book Series

By: David Mellor, Emily Patterson-Kane and Kevin J Stafford

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Aug 2009 | #197389 | ISBN-13: 9781405134958
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NHBS Price: £52.95 $69/€59 approx

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The Sciences of Animal Welfare analyses the diverse, interconnecting subjects which constitute this fascinating multidisciplinary field, whilst also considering the limitations and benefits of those subjects to the development and future of Animal Welfare Science. This book examines past, present and future practices and thinking, including the wide-ranging interests within society that influence attitudes towards animals and conversely how animal welfare scientists may influence those attitudes.

The book is appropriately organized and clearly written, and there are abundant reference citations. Each chapter starts with a detailed outline to quickly guide readers to the paragraph of interest.
- Vet Med Today, 15 June 2010

"Provides a clearly reasoned and thorough theoretical framework for the evaluation and solution of animal welfare problems in the highly technological environment in which many veterinarians work. Veterinarians, managers, and technicians involved with intensive animal care and use programs in any setting will find this book extremely valuable... The book requires readers to pay close attention, but it will reward them with a valuable new perspective and approach to solving critical problems."
- JAVMA, June 2010

"Provides a solid foundation for understanding and developing perspective on issues of animal welfare which have previously been addressed by varied facets of society in a more abstract manner. The authors present their well-informed opinions but advocate strongly as well for the application of objective measurement techniques and evidence-based approaches to inform the evolution of the field. The use of summary phrases to introduce each new thought or section is an outstanding approach to presenting the information, which other books would do well to adopt."
- Doody's, February 2010



Part 1 Introduction
1 Focus of Animal Welfare

Part 2 Paths from the Past
2 Agricultural Sciences and Animal Welfare: Crop Production and Animal Production
3 Veterinary Science and Animal Welfare
4 Genetics, Biotechnology and Animal Breeding: Mixed Blessings

Part 3 Assessment of Animal Welfare
5 Animal Welfare, Grading Compromise and Mitigating Suffering
6 Standardized Behavioural Testing in Non-Verbal Humans and Other Animals

Part 4 Human Inputs and Animal Welfare
7 Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Welfare
8 Environmental Enrichment: Studying the Nature of Nurture
9 Social Contexts of Animal Welfare

Part 5 Thinking Outside the Box
10 Integrated Perspectives: Sleep, Developmental Stage and Animal Welfare
11 The Wider Context of Animal Welfare Science


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David J Mellor is Professor of Animal Welfare Science, Professor of Applied Physiology and Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey University, New Zealand.

Emily Patterson-Kane is an Animal Welfare Scientist at the American Veterinary Medical Association in Illinois, USA.

Kevin J Stafford is Professor of Veterinary Ethology and Co-Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey University, New Zealand.

UFAW, founded 1926, is an internationally recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. This book is an excellent new edition to the UFAW series.

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