Animal Welfare

Competing Conceptions And Their Ethical Implications

Authors: Haynes, Richard P.

  • Challenges the accepted distinction between animal welfarists and animal liberationists
  • Provides a philosophically sophisticated account of the concept of welfare applied to animal welfare
  • Offers a unique and hitherto undocumented history of the animal care and animal welfare movement
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Members of the “animal welfare science community”, which includes both scientists and philosophers, have illegitimately appropriated the concept of animal welfare by claiming to have given a scientific account of it that is more objectively valid than the more “sentimental” account given by animal liberationists. This strategy has been used to argue for merely limited reform in the use of animals. This strategy was initially employed as a way of “sympathetically” responding to the abolitionist claims of anti-vivisectionists, who objected to the use of animals in research. It was subsequently used by farm animal scientists.

The primarily reformist (as opposed to abolitionist) goals of this community make the false assumption that there are conditions under which animals may be raised and slaughtered for food or used as models in scientific research that are ethically acceptable. The tendency of the animal welfare science community is to accept this assumption as their framework of inquiry, and thus to discount certain practices as harmful to the interests of the animals that they affect. For example, animal welfare is conceptualized is such a way that death does not count as harmful to the interests of animal, nor prolonged life a benefit.

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"Remarkably well-researched, philosophically reflective, and thought-provoking book … . The value of Haynes’s book lies in its superbly documented insistence that it is morally incumbent upon us to expropriate animal welfare from the narrow and self-serving definition widely disseminated by the animal science welfare community … . Richard Haynes has written a genuinely important book on the ethics of human/animal relations … ." (David Hoch, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 22, 2009)

“This valuable book serves two equally important purposes: it provides and intellectual history of the idea of ‘animal welfare’ and it also presents an ethical analysis of the uses and misuses of the term. … the book not only a complement and correction to the existing literature on human-animal relations but also an original and substantive addition to it.”­­­ (Anna Peterson, Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 27, October, 2010)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pages 3-5

  • The Roots for the Emerging Science of Animal Welfare in Great Britain

    Pages 7-12

  • The Historical Roots of the Science of Laboratory Animal Welfare in the US

    Pages 13-35

  • Laboratory Animal Welfare Issues in the US Legislative and Regulatory History

    Pages 37-48

  • Mandated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees

    Pages 49-56

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Welfare
Book Subtitle
Competing Conceptions And Their Ethical Implications
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8619-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8619-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8618-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7934-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8787-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 162
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