By E. Aaltola
Exploring how animal anguish is made significant inside of Western ramifications, the e-book investigates topics corresponding to skepticism bearing on non-human event, cultural roots of compassion, and modern ways to animal ethics. At its heart is the pivotal query: what's the ethical value of animal discomfort?
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It is commonly argued that welfare concerns the manner in which individual animals cope with the demands placed on them by their environments and their own bodies. Thus, one of the leading scientists in the field of animal welfare, Donald Broom, defines welfare in the following terms: ‘The welfare of an individual animal is its state as regards its attempt to cope with its environment, with attempts to cope including the functioning of body repair systems, immunological defenses, the physiological stress response and a variety of behavioural responses’ (Broom 1996).
The consequence of this disparity is a kind of Animal Suffering: The Practice 31 a deceitful symbiosis, within which animal producers advertise their high welfare standards (referring to high productivity rates) while the public interprets this to mean that the animals have happy lives (even when happiness has nothing to do with the producers’ welfare claims) (Appleby 2007). Therefore, animal suffering all too easily remains hidden under layers of jargon and advertisement, and the consumers are often quite willing to sink into the ensuing state of self-deceit.
26 Perhaps it is rather telling that animal industries have been happy to pursue ‘self-auditing’ while remaining very resistant to ‘outside auditing’, which would mean third-party involvement. ) In short, the Animal Welfare Act of the most influential Western country has an extremely narrow focus and thus fails to offer animals any substantial shield against abuse and neglect. The power of financial interest has a definite impact not only on how animals are de facto treated, but also on how their treatment is regulated.