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Introduction to Animal Welfare II
Transcript of Introduction to Animal Welfare II
Week 1: Session 2
What is animal Welfare?
"The welfare of an animal is its state as regards its attempts to cope with its environment"
Sentience & Awareness
The ability not only to
but to be
of these feelings &
the fact that you are a
Animal welfare refers to the well-being of an animal, ranging from good to poor.
, is what I want to do
It might be legal, but is it the
thing to do?
Ok, so it's
and I can
doing it but
how do I
about taking part in this?
wrote "Animal Machines" which objectively but explicitly outlined intensive livestock and poultry farming practices for an otherwise ignorant public.
The public outcry following the book was huge, prompting the British Government to appoint a committee to assess the welfare of farm animals.
Two things to take from this...
In 1965, this committee, chaired by Prof, Roger
presented its report.
1. Freedom from hunger & thirst
Animals must be provided with enough
right type and amount of food
to keep them
2. Freedom from Discomfort
Animals must have the right type of environment, including shelter and somewhere comfortable to rest
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease
Animals must be prevented from getting ill or injured and by making sure they are diagnosed and treated rapidly if they do
4. Freedom to Behave Normally
Make sure animals have enough space, proper facilities and the company of other animals of their own kind.
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress
Make sure that animals conditions
and treatment avoid
"Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden"
(Webster, 2005) Chapters 1 & 2
"Animal Welfare" (Appleby
Chapter 1.2 - 1.5
However, animals cannot treat us badly in return...
Therefore, the welfare of animals is
their poor welfare impacts negatively on humans
You should be moral because it is is your self interest - if you treat other humans badly you will be treated badly in return
They also cannot enter into a contract or agreement with us, so they are not part of the moral community
Welfare is based on
Children and the severely mentally disabled also cannot enter into contracts with us...
Only consequences are important when making ethical decisions
We should all aim to bring about the
through our actions -
The species is not the priority but the strength of their interest (whether avoiding suffering or seeking pleasure)
My pleasure in eating meat doesn't outweigh the
suffering caused by farming & killing animals
"It is not wrong to rear and kill it for food, provided that it lives a pleasant life, and...will be replaced by another animal which will lead a similarly pleasant life and would not have existed if the first animal had not been killed."
Ok, can I kill and eat a student?
I promise, it'll be painless and I'll replace them!
No - students have self consciousness which gives them a desire to go on living which animals don't (to our current knowledge)
Further, their parents are quite fond of them and would probably find it upsetting, causing suffering
How do you decide how
to treat animals?
Capacities such as
give individuals rights
This refers to creatures that "
These traits give individuals
that cannot be traded off or replaced
Evidence that human infants and animals fully possess these traits is unclear, but as we cannot be sure of others inner worlds, they should be given the benefit of the doubt
cannot be violated
, irrespective of
are common - I'm being attacked by a bear, it's me or the bear...
pets if they have rights?
We're not allowed to own other humans for this reason.
Do we have to right to neuter these pets, denying them the right to sexual and reproductive freedom? What about over-breeding and associated problems?
These positions share the view that although animal capacities
are not irrelevant to moral decision-making, and may indeed be
very important to it, these capacities are not enough, in themselves,
to give comprehensive guidance about how we should act.
Believe that utilitarianism and animal rights views give no real weight to the different relationships that we have with animals.
Instead it emphasises the
" - sympathy, empathy, care etc. Considers poor welfare demonstrates a lack of
appropriate emotional response
in the carer.
Humans are responsible for the
of domestic animals. This creation of
"special obligations" that humans may have towards particular animals, based on prior commitments to them or prior interactions with them.
Do we have individual or collective responsibility for animals?
It might only protect
"I'm responsible for
but not for dogs in general."
It's a relatively loose moral framework
Doesn't apply to wild animals with which we have no direct obligations
Does it meet my own
for good animal welfare?
This judgement may be
considerations, but it is important never-the-less.
Only you can make a judgement on this level.
For this reason, you must
of others as you would want yours to be
respected (assuming they meet
legal and ethical guidelines).
"The welfare of a sentient animal is determined by its capacity to avoid suffering and sustain fitness"
"The question is not 'Can they reason?
Can they talk?' but 'Can they suffer?'"
Sentience means having the awareness and cognitive ability necessary to have feelings (Broom, 2014)
But what constitutes a sentient animal?
It is based around the belief that animals are
, and that this allows them to experience
positive emotional states
An animal's welfare is good if its physical
psychological needs are met. It is poor if one or
other of these needs is denied.
"Not only will welfare mean
control of pain and
, it will also entail
nurturing and fulfulment
of the animal's nature, which I call
These individuals can respond to environmental stimuli to protect their homeostasis
These individuals not only respond to stimuli, they appear to experience emotions and feelings.
They will also remember positive & negative situations and are motivated to approach or avoid such situations again.
This is associated with an ability to
This stated that animals should have
As a result, the committee now known
Farm Animal Welfare Council
was formed .
Not only can one person make a difference,
they can be
The public are
it comes to government action
DONT FORGET - legislation
varies between countries
the UK and ROI
Sale or Prize
"I love my dog & cat so you can't harm any
dogs or cats but you can poison mice..."
"Pandas are cuter than sharks,
lets only conserve pandas..."
Does this mean I can reduce their
welfare conscience free?!
It's often influenced by
You don't need to remember all of this at this stage.
You do need to become aware that there are other justifiable perspectives than your own
Things you will be a genius in...
1. Explain the impact that stress, and the animal's response to stress, have on animal welfare
2. Judge the effectiveness of current
national and international legislation
regulating animal welfare
3. Evaluate the
for welfare issues that arise within animal
"Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden"
"Domestic Animal Behaviour & Welfare"
(Broom & Fraser, 2007)
(Appleby et al. 2011)
"Through Our Eyes Only?
The Search for Animal Conciousness
4. Discuss proposed solutions to welfare issues within animal housing systems
5. Assess the relationship between animal welfare and abnormal behaviour
6. Describe the causal factors & characteristics of a range of abnormal behaviour common to domestic & captive animals & evaluate methods of treatment & solutions to animal welfare issues
1 hour long for Intro to Animal Behaviour students ONLY
Covers all material from the module
(including abnormal behaviour)
Short essay questions where you will define, discuss, describe and explain
remove all as on session 1
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"I have the right to attack the bear, but the bear doesn't have the right to attack me."
What considerations need
to be made?
1) Thirst and Hunger
2) Pain, Injury & Disease
Demonstrate both a physical reflex to a stimulus and an emotional response i.e. distress
These approaches are not rigid, they can be hybridized with one another
The capacity of the animal is important, but not enough in itself to inform decisions.
A sentient animal has feeling but a self aware animal also has a
of these feelings and can
Why do we need to know whether an animal is self-aware or not?
Because without sentience, an animal doesn't have the capacity to suffer