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F. Bailey Norwood and Jayson L. Lusk: Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare

Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, xiv + 409 pp, ISBN 978-0-19-955116-3
  • Paul B. Thompson
Book Review

WARNING: This book is replete with gratuitous and ill-founded insults to the methods and intellectual capabilities of non-economists, and especially philosophers. Potential readers will need not only to thicken their skins, but also to allow frequent inanities to pass by without raising hackles or putting one too much on guard. The authors’ limited reading in and appreciation for the literature of animal ethics does not, in fact, prevent them from making a significant addition to that literature. The book is important and its key claims deserve careful attention by every academic having an interest in animal studies, regardless of discipline. It is especially significant for its contribution to the debate over agricultural animals.

The book begins with 194 pages of context setting that includes a very useful but narrowly U.S.-oriented discussion of political activism on behalf of farmed animals. This discussion of activism is placed alongside a very general history of how the human...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WK Kellogg Professor of Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Department of PhilosophyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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