Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Internationalization of Animal Welfare Standards

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_572


Thanks to human progress, there is little doubt that the Earth is a much smaller place than previously. Technological advances in communication and travel have enabled enterprises and ideas to permeate previously inaccessible areas, in an increasingly globalized landscape. International trade is at an all-time high, including trade of animal products and live animals. This globalization has resulted in nonhuman animals being subjected to situations in which their welfare is severely compromised such as live-trade export and substandard transnational slaughter procedures. Conversely, globalization can be used as a gateway to also propagate social progression in the form of improved animal welfare standard implementation. Just as globalization is now allowing business ventures international opportunities, social progression issues now also have international exposure. This presents opportunities to move forward as a global community, which is less defined by borders. The...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary SciencesThe University of QueenslandGattonAustralia