© 2009

The Welfare of Animals

The Silent Majority


Part of the Animal Welfare book series (AWNS, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Clive Phillips
    Pages 1-12
  3. Clive Phillips
    Pages 47-54
  4. Clive Phillips
    Pages 55-77
  5. Clive Phillips
    Pages 79-91
  6. Clive Phillips
    Pages 93-128
  7. Clive Phillips
    Pages 129-135
  8. Clive Phillips
    Pages 137-148
  9. Clive Phillips
    Pages 173-185
  10. Clive Phillips
    Pages 187-192
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 193-220

About this book


The quality of life that we provide for animals for food, companionship, sport and clothing will determine their welfare, and even the welfare of wild animals is affected by human activities. This book challenges us to reflect on that silent majority of animals with no voice. We are increasingly questioning whether our use of animals is necessary, desirable and humane, The book provides a framework to make those difficult decisions. Aspects of welfare that are important to animals are considered, as well as their rights to different welfare standards. Provision for animal welfare depends as much on culture, gender and other societal influences as any scientific advances in management systems. The influence of intensification of animal use, especially in food production, on welfare is considerable and the international scale of welfare issues with different types of animals is discussed. The author describes his experiences investigating animal welfare in a vast range of different situations, from the Bedouins slaughtering sheep in the desert to livestock being transported from Australia to the Middle East. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the welfare of animals, but especially veterinarians, animal owners and animal scientists.


Reflections animals desert development food influence quality transport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Veterinary Science, Centre for Animal Welfare & EthicsUniversity of QueenslandAustralia

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The book places human attitudes toward animal welfare into cultural and religious perspective, and gives additional consideration to the influence of education, gender, and genetics. … The author addresses ethical standards of animal care and animal use in relation to government legislation, beliefs of animal rights activists, public opinion, biomedical research and teaching … . This thought-provoking book will be of interest to ethicists, animal scientists, veterinarians, animal caretakers, and anyone concerned with animal welfare. Summing Up: Recommended. All collections." (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)