The first International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics (ICVAE) held in September 2011 saw leading experts from across the world come together to discuss the most important issues of animal welfare in contemporary veterinary practice and research. This is the extended proceedings of that conference, enabling all those interested in this increasingly significant subject to benefit from the insights of those discussions.
The conference was divided into four sessions: Principles of veterinary and animal ethics; Justifying ends - the morality of animal use; Ethical analyses of animal use; and Cultural, political, legal and economic considerations. Each session contained four or five papers, and these are presented here in full, as well as the transcribed question and answer sessions at the end of each paper, and a short post-presentation reflection from each author. Also included is the debate on the motion ‘Is it better to have lived and lost than never to have lived at all?’ which records three prepared responses to the question as well as registrants’ comments from the floor.
- Contributions from the leading thinkers in veterinary and animal ethics today
- Includes stimulating, challenging, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial discussions
- Addresses key questions on the role of the veterinarian and the morality of animal use, as well as our impact on wildlife
- Provides guidance on the practical application of ethical principles and the problems encountered
Published as part of the UFAW Animal Welfare book series.
Foreword by John Webster x
Session I Principles of Veterinary and Animal Ethics 1
1 The History of Veterinary Ethics in Britain, ca. 1870–2000 3
2 The Idea of Animal Welfare – Developments and Tensions 19
Peter Sandøe and Karsten Klint Jensen
3 Lessons from Medical Ethics 32
4 Veterinary Ethics, Professionalism and Society 44
Stephen A. May
Session II Justifying Ends – The Morality of Animal Use 59
Judy MacArthur Clark
5 Justice of Animal Use in the Veterinary Profession 63
Martin C. Whiting
6 Telos 75
Bernard E. Rollin
7 Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Climate Change 84
Steven P. McCulloch
8 Ethics and Ethical Analysis in Veterinary Science: The Development and Application of the Ethical Matrix Method 100
9 The Ethics of Animal Enhancement 113
Session III Ethical Analyses of Animal Use 133
10 Wildlife Medicine, Conservation and Welfare 135
James K. Kirkwood
11 Veterinary Ethics and the Use of Animals in Research: Are They Compatible? 155
Colin Gilbert and Sarah Wolfensohn
12 Production Animals: Ethical and Welfare Issues Raised by Production-focused Management of Newborn Livestock 174
David J. Mellor
13 Companion Animals 188
Sandra A. Corr
14 Ethical Analysis of the Use of Animals for Sport 201
Session IV Cultural, Political, Legal and Economic Considerations 217
15 Global Cultural Considerations of Animal Ethics 219
Michael C. Appleby
16 Animal Ethics and the Government’s Policy: ‘To Guard and Protect’ 229
Sophia Hepple and Nigel Gibbens
17 Veterinary Ethics and Law 245
18 Ethical Citizenship 261
19 Principles, Preference and Profit: Animal Ethics in a Market Economy 271
Debate: ‘Is It Better to Have Lived and Lost than Never to Have Lived at All?’ 286
Sandra Corr Clinical Reader in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Nottingham.
Stephen May Deputy Principal and Vice Principal for Teaching at the Royal Veterinary College.
Steven McCulloch Veterinary surgeon and PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College.
Martin Whiting Veterinary surgeon and PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College.