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The Science of Animal Welfare: Understanding What Animals Want

Marian Stamp Dawkins


This book is intended as a guide for anyone who is interested in animals and how their welfare can be assessed scientifically. It addresses the question of why, despite growing public interest in how animals are treated, it has proved so difficult to arrive at an agreed definition of what ‘animal welfare’ is and it then provides an answer. A definition of animal welfare as ‘health and animals having what they want’ can be easily understood by scientists and non-scientists alike, expresses in simple words what underlies many existing definitions and shows what evidence we need to collect to imp ... More

Keywords: animal welfare, animal well-being, sentience, animal consciousness, stress, quality of life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848981
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marian Stamp Dawkins, author
Professor of Animal Behaviour, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK