This handbook presents a much-needed and comprehensive exploration of the rapidly growing fields of animal welfare and law.

In recent years there has been increasing attention paid to our complex, multifaceted relationships with other animals, and in particular, the depth and breadth of various societal uses of animals. This has led to a reconsideration of their moral and social status, which has sometimes challenged the interests of those who use animals. In such a contested domain, sound evidence and reasoning become particularly important. Through firm commitment to such principles, this book explores the biological foundations for the moral consideration of animals and for evolving conceptualisations of animal welfare. It reviews in detail the welfare concerns associated with numerous forms of animal use. The inclusion of key recent developments such as climate change, pandemics, and antimicrobial resistance, ensures this text is among the most current in its field. The ethical implications of the various uses of animals by society are considered, and chapters provide important recommendations for reforms of practice, law, or policy. The status of animal law internationally, and in major world regions, is reviewed. Finally, the book considers human behavioural change and strategies for improving stakeholder communication and education.

The handbook is essential reading for students and scholars of animal welfare, animal law and animal ethics everywhere, and for policy-makers and other professionals working in the animal welfare sector.

part I|34 pages

Animal welfare fundamentals

chapter 1|9 pages

The moral status of animals

Biological foundations
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chapter 2|10 pages

Animal welfare concepts

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part II|124 pages

Animal farming, transportation, and killing

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chapter 5|17 pages

Farming poultry

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chapter 6|12 pages

Farming pigs

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chapter 7|13 pages

Farming cattle

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chapter 8|14 pages

Farming sheep and goats

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part III|80 pages

Animal use for other purposes

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chapter 14|14 pages

Animals in entertainment

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chapter 15|13 pages

Zoos and Aquaria

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chapter 17|19 pages

Commercial fisheries

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part IV|70 pages

Species-specific concerns

chapter 18|16 pages

Canines and felines

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chapter 21|11 pages

Companion fish

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chapter 22|16 pages

Marine mammals

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part V|42 pages

Recent and emerging issues

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chapter 25|15 pages

Animal disaster management

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part VI|98 pages

Animal ethics and law

chapter 26|13 pages

Animal ethics

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chapter 28|13 pages

Key animal law in Australia

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chapter 29|8 pages

Key animal law in China

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chapter 30|14 pages

Key animal law across Europe

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chapter 31|12 pages

Key animal law in India

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part VII|44 pages

Social change for animals

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