Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden: A Practical Approach to Redressing the Problem of Our Dominion Over the Animals

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Medical - 296 pages

There has been a recent explosion of active concern in matters of animal welfare. The science behind animal welfare has progressed significantly, new codes of practice and legislation have come into to being, and innovative methods to assess welfare schemes for food production have emerged.

Part of a major animal welfare series, Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden is John Webster's new and groundbreaking work on animal welfare. Building on his first book, the highly acclaimed Animal Welfare: A Cool Eye Towards Eden, it not only critically reviews areas of development, but looks to how animal welfare can be improved in the future.

Special consideration is given to:

  • Defining animal welfare ('fit and happy') and establishing a systematic approach for its evaluation (the 'five freedoms');
  • Providing a sound ethical framework that affords proper respect to animals within the broader context of our duties as citizens to the welfare of society;
  • Developing comprehensive, robust protocols for assessing animal welfare and the provisions that constitute good husbandry;
  • Introducing an education policy that will increase human awareness of animal welfare problems and promote action to reduce suffering.

This book is part of the UFAW/Wiley-Blackwell Animal Welfare Book Series. This major series of books produced in collaboration between UFAW (The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare), and Wiley-Blackwell provides an authoritative source of information on worldwide developments, current thinking and best practice in the field of animal welfare science and technology. For details of all of the titles in the series see



Limping Towards Eden 1 Introduction Facts and Values
Limping Towards Eden 2 Challenge and Response
Limping Towards Eden 3 Sentience Sense and Suffering
Limping Towards Eden 4 Husbandry and Welfare on the Farm Assessment and Assurance
Limping Towards Eden 5 Animals for Food Industrialised Farming Pigs and Poultry
Limping Towards Eden 6 Animals for Food Cattle and Other Ruminants
Limping Towards Eden 7 Animals for Food Handling Transport and Slaughter
Limping Towards Eden 8 Animals for Science and Biotechnology
Limping Towards Eden 9 Animals for Sport
Limping Towards Eden 10 Animals as Pets
Limping Towards Eden 11 Limping Towards Eden Stepping Stones
Limping Towards Eden Further Reading
Limping Towards Eden Index

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John Webster is Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol. Author of the widely acclaimed Animal Welfare: A Cool Eye Towards Eden, he is the founding father of the Bristol Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science group that has gathered evidence and pioneered the arguments necessary to achieve improved welfare standards for veal calves, broiler chickens, laying hens and dairy cows.

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