Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Synopsis

From the use of animals in experiments to develop medicine for people, to the preservation of endangered species in zoos, human beings' responsibility to and for their fellow animals has become an increasingly controversial subject. This book, which Jane Goodall in her foreword calls "unique, informative, and exciting," provides a provocative overview of the many different perspectives on the issues of animal rights and animal welfare in an easy-to-use encyclopedic format. Students, teachers, and interested readers can explore the ideas of well-known philosophers, biologists, and psychologists in this field, such as Peter Singer, Tom Regan, and over 125 others, all of whom have contributed original entries.

Excerpt

Interest in the nature of human-nonhuman-animal (hereafter animal) interactions is growing as we head into the 21st century, for it is clear that there are many important associated issues that demand immediate and careful attention. Basically, while most people agree that animals are important to humans and that we must pay attention to their well-being, there also is a good deal of disagreement about the types, if any, of obligations that humans have toward other animals. People who have thought a lot about these issues often use the same information to come to vastly different conclusions or use very different information to come to the same conclusions. Because so many people come to these issues from very different walks of life (academic and nonacademic) and many different areas of interest, most of which are represented in this volume (for example, social, political, educational, philosophical, psychological, legal, zoological, ethological, ecological, theological, anthropological, sociological, historical, biographical, veterinary science, ethnological, and public health), I thought it important to collect as much information as possible in one easy-to-read reference book.

The issues with which humans need to deal to develop informed views about human-animal interactions require that people from many different disciplines be involved in the discussions. Of course, these exchanges of ideas must be open and people must be sensitive to all different views if we are to make progress. I hope that I have been successful in having all sides presented; balance is essential, for there are many difficult and contentious issues. "Us-them" interactions are not very helpful and tend to alienate, rather than to unite, individuals. It is important for all people to listen to one another and for all of us to listen to the animals with whom we are privileged to share the planet and interact. Respect for the dignity of all . . .

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