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Ethics of Animal Use

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5120-7
194 pages
June 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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An interesting and accessible introduction to ethical issues raised by various forms of human use of animals. This textbook avoids moral lecturing and presents a range of ethical viewpoints without defending or applying any specific stance. Readers are encouraged and provoked to reflect for themselves, and to sharpen their own points of view regarding the ethical limits on our use of animals. They will also gain further understanding of the views held by other people.

Early chapters of this interdisciplinary book cover changes over time in our view of animals, the principles of animal ethics, and different views of what counts as a good animal life. Later chapters apply the conceptual tools to specific issues including: food animal production, advanced veterinary treatment of pets, control of infectious diseases, wildlife management, as well as the use of animals in research.

Specifically designed for students of veterinary medicine, animal science, welfare and behaviour, and veterinary nursing. Also of interest to those wanting to combine an up-to-date, science-based account of animal issues with clear-headed moral reflection.

"The book covers an impressive range of topics with accuracy and fairness. Despite its ambitious scope, the authors have achieved remarkable unity in the book, and have produced a book that is easy and pleasant to read. Their work will surely provide a major tool for rationalizing the debate about the ethics of animal use, and I commend them for their invaluable contribution." From the Foreword by Professor Bernard Rollin, Colorado State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgements x

Introduction xi

1 The Changing Face of Animal Ethics 1

2 What Are Our Duties to Animals? 15

3 What Is a Good Animal Life? 33

4 Role of Veterinarians and Other Animal Science Professionals 49

5 The Use of Animals in Food Production 67

6 Controlling Animals with Infectious Diseases 87

7 The Use of Animals in Experiments 103

8 Companion Animals 119

9 Animal Breeding and Biotechnology 137

10 Management and Use of Wild Animals 153

References 171

Index 175

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Author Information

Peter Sandøe is trained as a philosopher and is currently professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Stine B. Christiansen is a DVM and MSc in applied animal behaviour and welfare and is currently doing her Ph.D. at the University of Copenhagen.
Both authors have engaged in interdisciplinary research on animal ethics for a number of years. They have advised politicians on animal issues and contributed to the public debate. In addition, they have been involved in setting up and teaching a compulsory course in animal ethics for veterinary students at the University of Copenhagen.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Introductory student textbook for all animal-related professions and disciplines

  • Presents a range of ethical viewpoints without defending or applying any specific stance: the pluralist approach

  • Encourages students to reflect on ethical issues and become aware of ethical limits in our use of animals

  • Covers general principles of animal ethics, as well as the application of conceptual tools to specific ethical dilemmas
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"This book is succinct and an easy read, providing clear discussions of ethical philosophy without moralizing and emphasizing any particular viewpoint. ... The book is highly recommended." (Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, September 2009)

"This short book is a useful introduction to the issues regarding animal use and to the concepts and theories used in informed discussions about ethically appropriate uses. The authors adopt a 'pluralist approach,' to present 'the arguments dispassionately, and in a fair and balanced way' ... .Well researched and presents a wealth of Information." (Agriculture and Human Values, January 2009)

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