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
ByJohn Webster
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chapter 2|10 pages

Animal welfare concepts

ByDonald M Broom
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chapter 3|13 pages

Animal welfare assessment

ByHarry J Blokhuis, Isabelle Veissier
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part II|124 pages

Animal farming, transportation, and killing

chapter 4|10 pages

Contemporary animal farming

ByCarla Forte Maiolino Molento, Clive Julian Christie Phillips
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chapter 5|17 pages

Farming poultry

ByTina M Widowski, Ana K Rentsch
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chapter 6|12 pages

Farming pigs

BySandra Edwards
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chapter 7|13 pages

Farming cattle

ByClive JC Phillips
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chapter 8|14 pages

Farming sheep and goats

ByCathy M Dwyer
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chapter 10|13 pages

Farming fish

ByJoao L Saraiva, Pablo Arechavala-Lopez, Lynne U Sneddon
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chapter 11|15 pages


ByMichael S Cockram
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chapter 12|16 pages

Slaughter, euthanasia, and depopulation

ByTemple Grandin
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part III|80 pages

Animal use for other purposes

chapter 13|15 pages

Scientific and educational animal use

ByAndrew Knight
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chapter 14|14 pages

Animals in entertainment

ByDavid A Fennell, Sarah Coose
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chapter 15|13 pages

Zoos and Aquaria

ByTerry L Maple, Bonnie M Perdue
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chapter 16|17 pages

Hunting, fishing, and whaling

ByLaetitia Nunny, Mark P Simmonds
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chapter 17|19 pages

Commercial fisheries

ByMoira Harris
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part IV|70 pages

Species-specific concerns

chapter 18|16 pages

Canines and felines

ByHeather Bacon
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chapter 19|14 pages


BySophie Hill
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chapter 20|11 pages

Non-domesticated terrestrial species

ByMiriam A Zemanova
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chapter 21|11 pages

Companion fish

BySabrina Brando
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chapter 22|16 pages

Marine mammals

BySabrina Brando
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part V|42 pages

Recent and emerging issues

chapter 23|10 pages

Climate change, human–wildlife conflict, and biodiversity loss

ByBob Fischer
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chapter 24|15 pages

Animal welfare and human health

ByCynthia Schuck-Paim, Wladimir J Alonso, Eric Slywitch
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chapter 25|15 pages

Animal disaster management

BySteve Glassey
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part VI|98 pages

Animal ethics and law

chapter 26|13 pages

Animal ethics

ByCheryl Abbate
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chapter 27|13 pages

Animal law – historical, contemporary, and international developments

ByIan Robertson, Paula Sparks
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chapter 28|13 pages

Key animal law in Australia

ByMeg Good, Jed Goodfellow
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chapter 29|8 pages

Key animal law in China

ByDeborah Cao
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chapter 30|14 pages

Key animal law across Europe

ByDebbie Legge
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chapter 31|12 pages

Key animal law in India

BySonia Shad, Yashprada Joglekar
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chapter 32|10 pages

Key animal law in South Africa

ByDavid I Bilchitz, Amy P Wilson
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chapter 33|13 pages

Key animal law in the United States

ByMatthew Liebman
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part VII|44 pages

Social change for animals

chapter 34|16 pages

Stakeholder groups and perspectives

ByJoy M Verrinder, Clive JC Phillips
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chapter 35|13 pages

Animal advocacy and human behavioural change

ByTamzin Furtado, Suzanne Rogers, Jo White
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chapter 36|13 pages

Animal welfare education and communication

ByRuth De Vere
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