The Welfare of Sheep by Cathy DwyerThe Welfare of Sheep by Cathy Dwyer

The Welfare of Sheep

byCathy Dwyer

Paperback | November 20, 2010

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Animal welfare is attracting increasing interest worldwide, but particularly from those in developed countries, who now have the knowledge and resources to be able to improve the welfare of farm animals. The increased attention given to farm animal welfare in the West derives largely from the fact that the relentless pursuit of ?nancial reward and ef?ciency has led to the development of intensive animal production systems that disturb the conscience of many consumers. In developing countries, human survival is still a daily uncertainty, so that provision for animal welfare has to be balanced against human welfare. Welfare is usually provided for only if it supports the output of the animal, be it food, work, clothing, sport or companionship. In reality there are resources for all if they are properly husbanded in both developing and developed countries. The inequitable division of the world's riches creates physical and psychological poverty for humans and animals alike in many sectors of the world. Livestock are the world's biggest land user (FAO, 2002) and the population is increasing rapidly to meet the need of an expanding human population. Populations of farm animals managed by humans are therefore incre- ing worldwide, and in some regions there is a tendency to allocate fewer resources, such as labour, to each animal with potentially adverse consequences on the a- mals' welfare.
Title:The Welfare of SheepFormat:PaperbackDimensions:366 pagesPublished:November 20, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9048179092

ISBN - 13:9789048179091


Table of Contents

Series Preface. Preface. List of Contributors. 1. Introduction to animal welfare and the sheep; C. M. Dwyer, A. B. Lawrence. 2. Environment and the sheep: Breed adaptations and welfare implications; C. M. Dwyer. 3. Behaviour and the welfare of the sheep; R. Nowak et al. 4. Sheep senses, cognition and capacity for consciousness; K. M. Kendrick. 5. The impact of disease and disease prevention on welfare in sheep; P. A. Roger. 6. Farming systems for sheep production and their effect on welfare; R. J. Kilgour et al. 7. Nutrition and the welfare of sheep; J. P. Hogan et al. 8. The management of sheep; P. J. Goddard. 9. The economics of sheep welfare; C. E. Milne et al. 10. Sheep welfare: A future perspective; A. B. Lawrence, J. Conington. Index.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"This contribution provides . intensive and extensive farming, and nomadic pastoralism, as well as the animal itself, including its history, evolution and ecology. Sheep have long been part of humanity . in The Welfare of Sheep reflects both the complexity and the importance of this relationship between man and animals. A superb and informative read, Dwyer and her colleagues offer students and teachers, researchers and regulators, farmers and citizens, an important and necessary resource, providing the context for whatever aspects they deem worthy of following." (M. W. Fisher, Animal Welfare, Vol. 18 (3), August, 2009)