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Why animals matter : animal consciousness, animal welfare, and human well-being

Author: Marian Stamp Dawkins
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book the author presents an illuminating and urgent argument for the need to rethink animal welfare. In the vein of Temple Grandin's work, the author explains that this welfare must be made to work in practice to have any effect, and cannot be tinged by anthropomorphism and claims of animal consciousness, which lack firm empirical evidence and are often freighted with controversy and high emotions. Instead,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marian Stamp Dawkins
ISBN: 9780199747511 0199747512 9787481473004 7481473005
OCLC Number: 773273279
Description: vii, 209 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: No room on the agenda --
Seduced by words --
The trouble with anthropomorphism --
Why consciousness is harder than you think --
Consciousness unexplained --
Emotional turmoil --
Animal welfare without consciousness --
The two pillars of animal welfare --
What animals want --
Animal welfare for a small planet.
Responsibility: Marian Stamp Dawkins.

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In this book the author presents an illuminating and urgent argument for the need to rethink animal welfare. In the vein of Temple Grandin's work, the author explains that this welfare must be made to work in practice to have any effect, and cannot be tinged by anthropomorphism and claims of animal consciousness, which lack firm empirical evidence and are often freighted with controversy and high emotions. Instead, animal-welfare efforts must focus on science and on fully appreciating the critical role animals play in human welfare. With growing concern over such issues as climate change and food shortages, how we treat those animals on which we depend for survival needs to be put squarely on the public agenda. The author seeks to do this by offering a more complete understanding of how animals help us. In the end, it is human self-interest that will drive changes in our treatment of animals. Taking positions that might surprise and will certainly challenge animal lovers, she presents a persuasive argument for why animals truly matter. -- From publisher's website.
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