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Animal welfare.

Book cover for Animal welfare.


This third edition of "Animal Welfare" has 407 pages and is divided into five parts. Part I, Issues, introduces the background and philosophy of the subject. Part II covers problems for animal welfare, starting in chapter 3 with the animal's interactions with its environment. The following four chapters use categories similar to the UK Farm Animal Welfare Committee's (undated) Five Freedoms, although without a specific chapter on discomfort. Part III considers assessment of welfare.Part IV, Solutions, emphasizes the ways in which such problems can be ameliorated and welfare enhanced. Finally, Part V is concerned with the implementation of solutions, by which they are put into practice. It concludes with Chapter 19, explaining how awareness and communication about animal welfare, particularly in relation to major issues such as transport and slaughter, are affecting animals on a global basis, with a new section on sustainability.