Well-Being of Agricultural Animals

 
 

Task Force Co-chair

Frank Baker
Stanley Curtis

Task Force Author(s)

Jack Albright
James Craig
Temple Grandin
Harold Guither
John McGlone
James McKean
Gerald Riskowski
W. Ray Stricklin
Carolyn Stull

Task Force Members

Jake Looney
Paul Siegel
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Concern for the welfare of farm animals is mounting in the United States. Although many of the issues of agricultural animal welfare probably will be resolved politically, the CAST task force recommends that scientists become involved in clarifying the issue. Chair: Stanley E. Curtis, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. R130, ISBN 1-887383-10-7, September 1997, 34 pp., $16.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

 

Table of Contents

The Well-Being of Agricultural Animals: Contents

 


 

Interpretive Summary, 1
Philosophical Aspects of the Debate, 1
Economic and Policy Aspects of the Debate, 1
Legal Aspects of the Debate, 1
Scientific Assessment of the Well-Being of Agricultural Animals, 1
Approaches to Scientific Assessment, 2
Needed Scientific Insight, 2
Recommended Approach in the Meantime, 2

Executive Summary, 3
Introduction, 3
Origins of the Debate, 3
Philosophical Aspects, 3
Economic and Policy Aspects, 3
Legal Aspects, 4
Scientific Assessment of the Well-Being of Agricultural Animals, 4
Needs for Scientific Assessment, 4
Approaches to Scientific Assessment, 5
Scientific Assessment of the Current Status of Animal Well-Being, 6
Overview, 6
Interim Recommended Approach, 7

1 Introduction, 8

2 Origins of the Public Debate Concerning the Well-Being of Agricultural Animals, 9
Philosophical Aspects, 9
Welfare and Rights: The Distinction, 9
Ethics and Morals, 10
Principal Figures in the Animal Welfare/Animal Rights Debate, 10
Economic and Policy Aspects, 12
Examining the Issue Further, 12
Choices, 12
Economics, 12
Countermeasures, 13
Trends, 13
Legal Aspects, 13
Existing Legal Framework, 13
Production Practices, 13
Scientific Experimentation and Manipulation, 14

3 Scientific Assessment of the Well-Being of Agricultural Animals, 15
Needs for Scientific Assessment, 15
Approaches to the Scientific Assessment of Animal Well-Being, 15
Underlying Assumptions, 15
Proposed Approaches to the Assessment of Animal Well-Being, 17
Off-Farm Experiences, 19
Forging Consensus, 20
Scientific Assessment of Current Status, 20
Overview, 20
Needed Additional Scientific Insight, 21
Recommended Approach in the Meantime, 24

Appendix A: Symbols and Abbreviations, 25

Appendix B: Glossary, 26

Literature Cited, 27

Index, 32



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