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Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, September 2011

Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, September 2011

Christopher Wathes (Editor), Sandra Corr (Editor), Stephen May (Editor), Steven McCulloch (Editor), Martin Whiting (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-31480-7

Dec 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

318 pages

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The first International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics (ICVAE) held in September 2011 saw leading experts from across the world come together to discuss the most important issues of animal welfare in contemporary veterinary practice and research. This is the extended proceedings of that conference, enabling all those interested in this increasingly significant subject to benefit from the insights of those discussions.

The conference was divided into four sessions: Principles of veterinary and animal ethics; Justifying ends - the morality of animal use; Ethical analyses of animal use; and Cultural, political, legal and economic considerations. Each session contained four or five papers, and these are presented here in full, as well as the transcribed question and answer sessions at the end of each paper, and a short post-presentation reflection from each author. Also included is the debate on the motion ‘Is it better to have lived and lost than never to have lived at all?’ which records three prepared responses to the question as well as registrants’ comments from the floor.


• Contributions from the leading thinkers in veterinary and animal ethics today
• Includes stimulating, challenging, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial discussions
• Addresses key questions on the role of the veterinarian and the morality of animal use, as well as our impact on wildlife
• Provides guidance on the practical application of ethical principles and the problems encountered

Published as part of the UFAW Animal Welfare book series.  See for more details.

Contributors vii

Foreword by John Webster x

Preface xiii

Session I Principles of Veterinary and Animal Ethics 1
Patrick Bateson

1 The History of Veterinary Ethics in Britain, ca. 1870–2000 3
Abigail Woods

2 The Idea of Animal Welfare – Developments and Tensions 19
Peter Sandøe and Karsten Klint Jensen

3 Lessons from Medical Ethics 32
Carolyn Johnston

4 Veterinary Ethics, Professionalism and Society 44
Stephen A. May

Session II Justifying Ends – The Morality of Animal Use 59
Judy MacArthur Clark

5 Justice of Animal Use in the Veterinary Profession 63
Martin C. Whiting

6 Telos 75
Bernard E. Rollin

7 Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Climate Change 84
Steven P. McCulloch

8 Ethics and Ethical Analysis in Veterinary Science: The Development and Application of the Ethical Matrix Method 100
Kate Millar

9 The Ethics of Animal Enhancement 113
James Yeates

Session III Ethical Analyses of Animal Use 133
Peter Jinman

10 Wildlife Medicine, Conservation and Welfare 135
James K. Kirkwood

11 Veterinary Ethics and the Use of Animals in Research: Are They Compatible? 155
Colin Gilbert and Sarah Wolfensohn

12 Production Animals: Ethical and Welfare Issues Raised by Production-focused Management of Newborn Livestock 174
David J. Mellor

13 Companion Animals 188
Sandra A. Corr

14 Ethical Analysis of the Use of Animals for Sport 201
Madeleine Campbell

Session IV Cultural, Political, Legal and Economic Considerations 217
John Webster

15 Global Cultural Considerations of Animal Ethics 219
Michael C. Appleby

16 Animal Ethics and the Government’s Policy: ‘To Guard and Protect’ 229
Sophia Hepple and Nigel Gibbens

17 Veterinary Ethics and Law 245
Marie Fox

18 Ethical Citizenship 261
Björn Forkman

19 Principles, Preference and Profit: Animal Ethics in a Market Economy 271
John McInerney

Debate: ‘Is It Better to Have Lived and Lost than Never to Have Lived at All?’ 286
Patrick Bateson

Index 300

“The editors have done a great job of providing the information as it was presented and their efforts will enable readers to develop their own opinions.”  (Doody’s, 26 July 2013)