Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare by Marian Stamp Dawkins M.A., D.Phil. (auth.)

By Marian Stamp Dawkins M.A., D.Phil. (auth.)

I wrote this e-book simply because i feel that the welfare of animals is a vital topic yet one approximately which there's a of bewilderment and muddled considering. i needed to good deal write a booklet which straightened out many of the confusion by means of having a look intimately at one specific challenge: easy methods to realize animal agony. The publication is written for an individual drawn to animals and the controversies over how humans may still deal with them. i've got attempted to persuade those that could in a different way suppose that technology had just a really sinister reference to animal welfare that the clinical learn of animal soreness has, in reality, a huge and optimistic contribution to make. it will probably provide us an perception into what animals event and this, in tum, might help us to relieve their discomfort. while, i've got attempted to put in writing a booklet that might be of no less than a few use to scientists. The chapters which stick to seasoned­ vide an overview of the organic method of animal welfare. i've got additionally tried to teach sceptics that it's attainable to review animal ache with no sacrificing criteria of scien­ tific process. might be a few may also come to percentage my trust that the examine of the subjective stories of animals is without doubt one of the so much interesting parts within the complete of biology, in addition to being of significant useful and moral importance.

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A considerable proportion of the 'natural' behaviour of the fowl cannot, therefore, be performed by hens in battery cages and, on these grounds, battery cages would be said to cause suffering. But the conclusion that hens suffer because they cannot behave as junglefowl do makes a number of assumptions, each of which is questionable. The first is that there are no significant genetic or environmentally produced differences between the wild and domesticated forms. The second is that if an animal behaves differently from its wild counterpart, that shows that it is suffering.

Rather, profits are made by running a whole farm unit efficiently which depends not just upon the animals, but also on the 30 Animal suffering initial investment in housing and the considerable feed and labour costs once it is running (McBride [1331). The complexity of what goes into the making of profits in agriculture has some very important consequences in practice. There may be some circumstances in which it is actually more profitable for a farm unit as a whole if the animals are kept in conditions in which their individual productivity is less than maximal.

In this chapter, we will look at how valid this criterion is and particularly at the question of whether physical health is the only sign of suffering that people need be concerned with. We will see that, although physical health is an important component of any animal's welfare in zoos, circuses, laboratories or wherever animals are kept, it is not sufficient by itself. Physically healthy animals may still suffer mentally. But before we get on to this, we must first make a very clear distinction between the health of an individual animal and the 'productivity' of farm animals.

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