Considering animal welfare from a broad, humanitarian, perspective, the author describes his experiences investigating animal welfare in a range of situations, from the Bedouins slaughtering sheep in the desert to livestock being transported overseas.
The Welfare of Animals is an exciting book that will stimulate and provoke its readers. It describes many problems faced by animals - those we use for food, for pleasure or in research, and those simply but harshly affected by shrinking habitats in the face of the ever-growing human population. And yet it is not a depressing read. It focuses not only on the difficulties that animals face, but on their capacity for free-choice, for joy and excitement, and on the possible ways in which the planet can be shared between species if only we take the time and trouble to think more carefully about the impact of our actions. Clive Phillips moved from the United Kingdom to take up a Foundation Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Queensland, becoming Australia's first Professor of Animal Welfare in 2003. This cultural leap, combined with his travels in countries like Malaysia and Borneo, permits him the unique and broad perspective that forms the backbone of this book. Eschewing the normal territory patrolled by the animal scientist (explaining the physiological basis of the stress response or causation of abnormal behaviour), Clive ventures into jungles and deserts, city centres and tribal homelands, and presents a book that remarkably and successfully combines travel-diary, nature notes, social and cultural history.
Acknowledgements Preface 1. DEFINITIONS AND CONCEPTS OF ANIMAL WELFARE 2. MANKIND'S RELATIONSHIP TO NATURE 3. EMPATHY TOWARDS ANIMALS 4. ANIMAL WELFARE AND ANIMAL RIGHTS 5. WELFARE ASSESSMENT 6. MANAGING ANIMAL WELFARE AND RIGHTS 7. TEACHING ANIMAL WELFARE 8. ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE 9. THE SCALE AND INTENSITY OF THE WORLD'S ANIMAL INDUSTRIES 10. ANIMALS IN RESEARCH 11. FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN ANIMAL WELFARE References Appendix 1
From the reviews:
"The book places human attitudes toward animal welfare into cultural and religious perspective, and gives additional consideration to the influence of education, gender, and genetics. ... The author addresses ethical standards of animal care and animal use in relation to government legislation, beliefs of animal rights activists, public opinion, biomedical research and teaching ... . This thought-provoking book will be of interest to ethicists, animal scientists, veterinarians, animal caretakers, and anyone concerned with animal welfare. Summing Up: Recommended. All collections." (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)
Considers animal welfare from a broad, and especially humanitarian, perspective
Provides a framework for deciding on the humaneness of our treatment of animals
An international approach to animal welfare, drawing on the author's experiences
Incorporates the author's unique experiences with a wide range of animals
A personal journey of exploration of our interactions with animals