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Are we pushing animals to their biological limits? Welfare and ethical implications.

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This book contains 15 chapters on biological limits of domestic animals. Topics discuses are: use new genetic technologies and animal breeding methods carefully to avoid problems (introduction); domestication to Dolly and beyond (a brief history of animal modification); good for whom (differences between human and animal enhancement); working equids (the welfare of those worked to their limit); ge...

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Chapter 15 (Page no: 197)

Concluding: pushing animals to their limits.

This chapter describes and evaluates many forms of animal manipulations in use in the world today. It details the ways in which mankind has dominated the animal kingdom and manipulated it for its own gains. The animals affected are distorted and deviated far from their wild types, and while they may now possess traits that would seem alien to their ancestors, it is not always done for the animals′ benefit. The welfare compromises described throughout this book, as well as the reasons and causes for them, serve as a starting point for rectification. The duty of care of all humans to all the animals worldwide affected by being pushed to their biological limit is not optional. With the power to dominate the animal kingdom comes the responsibility to take care of its welfare. There is always something that can be done to improve their welfare whether humans are directly responsible, or not.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction: use new genetic technologies and animal breeding methods carefully to avoid problems. Author(s): Grandin, T.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 7) Domestication to dolly and beyond: a brief history of animal modification. Author(s): Gardiner, A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 18) Good for whom? Differences between human and animal enhancement. Author(s): Chan, S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 28) Working equids: the welfare of those worked to their limit. Author(s): Upjohn, M. Wells, K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 49) Genetics and other technologies for increasing the productivity of cattle, sheep and pigs: welfare implications. Author(s): Grandin, T.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 63) Technologies for increasing the productivity of poultry: welfare implications. Author(s): Gunnarsson, S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 76) Selective breeding, cloning and gene editing of dogs and cats for appearance and performance traits. Author(s): Packer, R. M. A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 89) Methods to increase fish production: welfare and sustainability implications. Author(s): Huntingford, F. Turnbull, J. Kadri, S.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 122) Welfare concerns in genetically modified laboratory mice and rats. Author(s): Osborne, N. Morton, D. Prins, J. B.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 140) Cloning, editing and GMOs for animal enhancement. Author(s): Ormandy, E.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 159) From bionic cat to superdog: ethical challenges of advanced prosthetic technology in veterinary medicine. Author(s): Magalhães-Sant'Ana, M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 170) Animal welfare and the brave new world of modifying animals. Author(s): Broom, D. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 179) A duty to the enhanced, not a duty to enhance: welfare responsibilities associated with domestication. Author(s): May, S.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 189) Pressing animals beyond their biological limits. Author(s): Rollin, B.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2018
  • ISBN
  • 9781786390547
  • Record Number
  • 20183246213