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Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7145-8
296 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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There has been a recent explosion of active concern in matters of animal welfare. The science behind animal welfare has progressed significantly, new codes of practice and legislation have come into to being, and innovative methods to assess welfare schemes for food production have emerged.

Part of a major animal welfare series, Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden is John Webster’s new and groundbreaking work on animal welfare. Building on his first book, the highly acclaimed Animal Welfare: A Cool Eye Towards Eden, it not only critically reviews areas of development, but looks to how animal welfare can be improved in the future.

Special consideration is given to:

  • Defining animal welfare (‘fit and happy’) and establishing a systematic approach for its evaluation (the ‘five freedoms’);
  • Providing a sound ethical framework that affords proper respect to animals within the broader context of our duties as citizens to the welfare of society;
  • Developing comprehensive, robust protocols for assessing animal welfare and the provisions that constitute good husbandry;
  • Introducing an education policy that will increase human awareness of animal welfare problems and promote action to reduce suffering.

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. For details of all of the titles in the series see www.wiley.com/go/ufaw.

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Preface.
Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction: Facts and Values.

2. Challenge and Response.

3. Sentience, Sense and Sufferering.

4. Husbandry and Welfare on the Farm: Assessment and Assurance.

5. Animals for Food: Indutrialized Farming, Pigs and Poultry.

6. Animals for Food: Cattle and Other Ruminants.

7. Animals for Food: Handling, Transport and Slaughter.

8. Animals for Science and Biotechnology.

9. Animals for Sport.

10. Animals as Pets.

11. Limping Towards Eden: Stepping Stones.

Further Reading.

Index.

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John Webster is Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol. Author of the widely acclaimed Animal Welfare: A Cool Eye Towards Eden, he is the founding father of the Bristol Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science group that has gathered evidence and pioneered the arguments necessary to achieve improved welfare standards for veal calves, broiler chickens, laying hens and dairy cows.
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  • Part of the new UFAW Animal Welfare Series
  • Written by one of the most highly regarded animal welfare scientists in the world
  • Incorporates both scientific review of evidence with ethical analysis of values – two usually polarised themes.
  • Explains how working protocols can be implemented on farms, in laboratories and in recreation
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"Professor Webster remains at all times the epitome of credibility"

"The book quickly offers remedies in the form of practical and realistic hope, conveyed with an honest, personal and at times amusing style."
Veterinary Record, 2005

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