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New book provides a fascinating insight into the history of animal welfare

27 December 2018, at 10:00am

5m Books has published Animal Welfare Science, Husbandry and Ethics by animal welfare expert Mark Fisher, which introduces the complex subject of the human-animal relationship in farming systems. As well as looking at the different philosophies, theories and movements in animal welfare from early history to the present, the author discusses how we can develop an equitable and sustainable animal welfare model for the future.

Mark Fisher says: “There are many dimensions to complex issues like animal welfare (eg political, religious, economic) and in order to progress them we have to understand and manage them. They cannot be solved just by telling the farmer how he or she must manage their resources. I was really prompted by the realisation that if forces from beyond the farm gate are driving some of the practices affecting animal welfare, then perhaps we should look at the potential for changes from beyond the farm gate being used to improve animal welfare. Should farmers be the only ones who pay for animal welfare?”

Mark Fisher is the principal adviser for the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Animal Welfare Team. He has led major research and guided new policy for agriculture and animal welfare throughout a career working across multiple sectors.