Early chapters of this interdisciplinary book cover changes over time in our view of animals, the principles of animal ethics, and different views of what counts as a good animal life. Later chapters apply the conceptual tools to specific issues including: food animal production, advanced veterinary treatment of pets, control of infectious diseases, wildlife management, as well as the use of animals in research.
"The book covers an impressive range of topics with accuracy and fairness. Despite its ambitious scope, the authors have achieved remarkable unity in the book, and have produced a book that is easy and pleasant to read. Their work will surely provide a major tool for rationalizing the debate about the ethics of animal use, and I commend them for their invaluable contribution." From the Foreword by Professor Bernard Rollin, Colorado State University.
1 The Changing Face of Animal Ethics 1
2 What Are Our Duties to Animals? 15
3 What Is a Good Animal Life? 33
4 Role of Veterinarians and Other Animal Science Professionals 49
5 The Use of Animals in Food Production 67
6 Controlling Animals with Infectious Diseases 87
7 The Use of Animals in Experiments 103
8 Companion Animals 119
9 Animal Breeding and Biotechnology 137
10 Management and Use of Wild Animals 153
"This short book is a useful introduction to the issues regarding animal use and to the concepts and theories used in informed discussions about ethically appropriate uses. The authors adopt a ′pluralist approach,′ to present ′the arguments dispassionately, and in a fair and balanced way′ ... .Well researched and presents a wealth of Information." (Agriculture and Human Values, January 2009)