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The Welfare Of Cats

  • Irene Rochlitz

Part of the Animal Welfare book series (AWNS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Rachel A. Casey, John W. S. Bradshaw
    Pages 23-46
  3. Penny L. Bernstein
    Pages 47-89
  4. Sarah E. Heath
    Pages 91-118
  5. Philip H. Kass
    Pages 119-139
  6. Margaret R. Slater
    Pages 141-175
  7. Irene Rochlitz
    Pages 177-203
  8. Kit Sturgess
    Pages 205-225
  9. Kit Sturgess, Karyl J. Hurley
    Pages 227-257
  10. Andreas Steiger
    Pages 259-276
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 277-283

About this book

Introduction

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 offer the best management systems for their farm animals, as well as potentially being able to offer plentiful resources for companion, zoo and laboratory animals. The increased attention given to farm animal welfare in the West derives largely from the fact that the relentless pursuit of financial reward and efficiency has led to the development of intensive animal production systems, that challenge the conscience of many consumers in those countries. 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 all 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 increasing worldwide, and there is the tendency to allocate fewer resources to each animal. Increased attention to welfare issues is just as evident for companion, laboratory, wild and zoo animals.

Keywords

Rochlitz animal behavior cats development welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Irene Rochlitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Welfare and Human-animal Interactions Group, Department of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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