Understanding Animal Welfare The Science in its Cultural Context

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context PDF

By David Fraser

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context PDF takes a completely fresh and thought-provoking approach. It is essential reading for anyone interested, studying or currently working in the fascinating field of animal welfare science. David Fraser places modern-day welfare issues within their historical framework by tracing the evolving ideas that led to current thinking. He also highlights some intriguing issues relating to the contradiction inherent in the term ‘animal welfare science’ and the practical problem of how to assess emotional states in animals.

Special features:

  • Encompasses ideas from a variety of disciplines to give a broad perspective of the topic.
  • Discusses methods of measuring animal welfare and their strengths and limitations.
  • Examines contemporary debates and applications of the science to policy issues.

This book is part of the UFAW/Wiley-Blackwell Animal Welfare Book Series. This major series of books produced in collaboration between UFAW (The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare), and Wiley-Blackwell provides an authoritative source of information on worldwide developments, current thinking and best practice in the field of animal welfare science and technology.

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Preface vii

Dedication xi

Part I Animal Welfare in Context 1

Introduction 2

1 Animals and Moral Concern 9

2 Animals in the Human Mind 24

3 A Good Life for Animals 41

4 A Science of Animal Welfare? 61

Part II Studying Animal Welfare 79

Introduction 80

5 Disease, Injury and Production 84

6 ‘Stress’ 104

7 Abnormal Behaviour 125

8 Affective States 146

9 ‘Natural’ Living 169

10 Preferences and Motivation 191

Part III Drawing Conclusions about Animal Welfare 217

Introduction 218

11 How Do the Different Measures Relate to Each Other? 222

12 Selecting and Combining Criteria of Animal Welfare 241

13 Animal Welfare, Values and Mandated Science 260

Coda 275

References 287

Index 309

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