Animal Welfare & Human Values

Animal Welfare & Human Values

Paperback - 1993
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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.

Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c1993.
ISBN: 9780889202566
Characteristics: x, 334 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Chamberlain, Lorna 1945-- Author


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Nov 10, 2010

While dating from about 1995, this book has a detailed analysis and is full of historical information, as well as information that relates to the current treatment of farm animals (that chapter, in particular, is a must-read, since farming impacts way more animals than research and companion animals combined). My only critique is that the author/s try to hard to be "middle-of-the-road", which disappoints. It is also fairly academic, so it isn't a quick read for most of us. It is well researched and provides an inside look into the minds of one of Canada's largest animal welfare groups.

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