Animal Welfare and Human Values

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 30 oct. 2010 - 344 pages

As the most populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare issues which beset Western civilization. The authors of this book, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, find themselves constantly being made aware of the atrocities committed in the Society’s jurisdiction.

They have been, in turn, puzzled, exasperated and horrified at humanity’s cruelty to our fellow sentient beings. The issues discussed in this book are the most contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, the use of animals for human entertainment and the conditions under which animals are raised for human consumption. They are complex issues and should be thought about fairly and seriously.

The authors, standing squarely on the side of the animals, suggest “community” and “belonging” as concepts through which to understand our relationships to other species. They ground their ideas in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious identity” with the animal realm. The philosophy developed in this book embraces common sense and compromise as the surest paths to the goal of animal welfare. It requires respect and consideration for other species while acknowledging our primary obligations to our fellow humans.

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Introduction
1
The Status of Animals From Human Origins to Humanism
5
The Status of Animals From the Age of Humanism to the Twentieth Century
21
Animal Experimentation Prologue
45
Animal Experimentation The Debate
59
Animal Experimentation The Alternatives
73
Animal Experimentation Legislation and Assessment
85
Hunting Fishing and Fowling
103
Animals in Entertainment Zoos Aquaria and Circuses
185
Of Farms and Factories
211
Companion Animals
229
The Community of Sentient Beings
243
The Philosophy of Animal Rights
265
The Philosophy of Animal Protection
283
Epilogue Ode to Sensibility
307
Select Bibliography
317

Frivolous Fur Veneration and Environmentalism
123
Frivolous Fur Trappers Clubbers and Farmers
139
Animals in Entertainment Racing Riding and Fighting
161
Index
321
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