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Animal Welfare in a Changing World

Animal Welfare in a Changing World

Now Published!

Edited by A Butterworth, Reader in Animal Science and Policy. University of Bristol, UK

September 2018 / Hardback / 292 Pages / 9781786392459 £85.00 / €110.00 / $140.00
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September 2018 / Paperback / 292 Pages / 9781786392466 £45.00 / €60.00 / $75.00
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Main Description

Contemporary and challenging, this thought-provoking book outlines a number of the key dilemmas in animal welfare for today's, and tomorrow's, world. The issues discussed range from the welfare of hunted animals, to debates around intensive farming versus sustainability, and the effects of climate and environmental change. The book explores the effects of fences on wild animals and human impacts on carrion animals; the impacts of tourism on animal welfare; philosophical questions about speciesism; and the quality and quantity of animal lives. The welfare impacts of human-animal interactions are explored, including human impacts on marine mammals, fish, wildlife, and companion and farm animals.

Animal Welfare in a Changing World provides:

Concise, opinion-based views on important issues in animal welfare by world experts and key opinion leaders.
Pieces based on experience, which balance evidence-based approaches and the welfare impacts of direct engagement through training, campaigning and education.
A wide-ranging collection of examples and descriptions of animal welfare topics which outline dilemmas in the real world, that are sometimes challenging, and not always comfortable reading.

This is a 'must-read' book for animal and veterinary scientists, ethologists, policy and opinion leaders, NGOs, conservation biologists and anyone who feels passionately about the welfare of animals


Suitable for animal welfare scientists and ethologists, as well as veterinary practitioners.

  • 1: Habitat Loss: Changing How Animals Think?
  • 2: Whale Entanglement – a 21st-century Challenge in the Ocean
  • 3: The Welfare Effects of PCBs in the Ocean
  • 4: The Fence – the Welfare Implications of the Loss of the True Wild
  • 5: Trophy Hunting and Animal Welfare
  • 6: Carry on Carrion: the Fall of the Scavenger
  • 7: Restoring What We Have Destroyed: Animal Welfare Aspects of Wildlife Conservation, Reintroduction and Rewilding Programmes
  • 8: Intensification – the Pressures of Volume
  • 9: Welfare Challenges: Feedlot Cattle
  • 10: Public Opinion and the Retailer: Driving Forces in Animal Welfare?
  • 11: Vertebrate/Invertebrate – When Do We Start Caring?
  • 12: Animal Welfare at Slaughter – a Level Global Playing Field?
  • 13: Precision Livestock Farming: the Future of Livestock Welfare Monitoring and Management?
  • 14: The Paradoxical World of the Dog
  • 15: Animal Experience of Domestication
  • 16: Better to Have Lived and Lost – the Concept of a Life Worth Living
  • 17: If Fishes Feel Pain, What Should We Do?
  • 18: Anthropomorphism: Faulty Thinking or Useful Tool?
  • 19: Speciesism
  • 20: Longevity and Brevity – Is Death a Welfare Issue?
  • 21: Promises and Challenges of Big Data Associated With Automated Dairy Cow Welfare Assessment
  • 22: Animal Welfare: Information in a Changing World
  • 23: Licensed to Harm
  • 24: Animal Watching in Tourism
  • 25: The Rise of the Inclusive Approach to Change in Animal Welfare
  • 26: Animal Welfare Protection in the Face of Shrinking Public Resource
Animal Welfare in a Changing World leaves the reader with a sense of the many people who are concerned to relieve nonhuman suffering. There are policy wonks and vegan activists, animal scientists and economists, lawyers and philosophers. There are people who are inclined to protest; there are others for whom anima pain is an engineering problem. Let it suffice to say that all advocates for animals aren't cut from the same cloth. In a world where they have to partner to achieve their ends, it's valuable to be reminded of their diversity. Rob Fischer, December 2018

Butterworth Dr Andy Butterworth MRCVS is Reader in Animal Science and Policy in the Clinical Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK. Andy teaches and carries out research in the areas of animal disease and production, animal welfare and legislation, behavioural biology, and animal welfare assessment in both farm and wild animals. He is a member of the European Food Standards Agency Scientific Panel on Animal health and Welfare, and chairs the EEER (Ethics, Economics, Education and Regulation) of the Farm Animal Welfare committee in the UK. He is editor in Chief of Elsevier's journal Veterinary and Animal Science, he lectures widely and publishes in books, and the academic and trade press, with over 200 publications to date.