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Animal Welfare: Understanding Sentient Minds and Why It Matters



AuthorJohn Webster

価格:21,890円 (本体 19,900円+税) 送料サービス

・Release: 2022

・ISBN: 9781119857068

・176 Pages

・Trim Size: 170 X 9.8 X 244 ・Paperback


Animal Welfare

An Accessible Overview of the Concept of Sentience Throughout the Animal Kingdom and Why It Matters to Humans

Animal Welfare explores the concept of sentience and the development of sentient minds throughout the animal kingdom. The work provides improved definitions and analysis of the ideas of sentience, cognition, and consciousness, along with evidence of advanced mental formulation in birds, fish, and invertebrates. Considerations between humans and animals are also discussed, such as outcome-based ethics in relation to humans' duties of care and the rights and wrongs of domestication. The work is divided into three parts and covers key topics such as:

  • Specifics of animal sentience, from pain and suffering, to fear and dread, all the way to animals' social life and the comfort/joy/hope/despair they experience
  • What we know about the sentience of different classes of animals in the waters, air, savannah/plains, and forests
  • Considerations on human interactions based on animal sentience, including death (killing), animal farms, animals in laboratories, wild animals in captivity, and animals in sports and entertainment
  • Analysis on what humans can learn from animals based on what we know about their varying levels of sentience

Animal Welfare serves as an invaluable analysis of animal sentience for students, teachers, and professionals directly involved in the study, teaching, and applications of animal behavior, motivation, and welfare. Thanks to the wide-ranging implications of animal sentience, the work will also appeal to everyone with a broader interest in animal behavior and human/animal interactions.

Table of contents

About the author



Part 1. The sentient mind, skills and strategies

Chapter 1: Setting the scene

human attitudes to animals

animal behaviour science

rules of engagement

Chapter 2: Sentience and the sentient mind

Sentience and consciousness

the five skandhas of sentience

understanding the sentient mind

pain and suffering

fear and dread

coping with challenge: stress and boredom

social life

comfort and joy

hope and despair

sex and love

sentience in summary

Chapter 3: Special senses and their interpretation

vision- hearing

smell and taste

cutaneous sensation and touch


interpreting the special senses

theory of mind


Chapter 4: Survival strategies

foraging: honeybees, sheep, tool use, storing the harvest

hunting behaviour, the predator and the prey

spatial awareness and navigation

breeding behaviour and parental care

Chapter 5: Social strategies

sentient social life

social hierarchies, the pecking order


cooperation and empathy

social learning, education and culture

territorial behaviour and tribalism

Part 2. Shaping sentient minds: adaptation to the environment

Chapter 6: Animals of the waters

pain and fear

survival skills, hunting, hiding and problem solving


communication and social behaviour

Chapter 7: Animals of the air

feeding strategies


sentience and breeding behaviour

social behaviour, culture and education


Chapter 8: Animals of the savannah and plains

environmental challenges

animals of the open plains




wild Bovidae

feral horses



Chapter 9: Animals of the forests

the boreal forest




the tropical rain forest



Chapter 10: Close neighbours

history of domestication

artificial selection

domestication, sentience and wellbeing




dairy cows

horses and donkeys


opportunist neighbours: rats and urban foxes


Part 3 Why it matters: nature's social union

Chapter 11: Our duty of care

sentience revisited

outcome-based ethics

death and killing

farms, farmed animals and food

animals in laboratories

wild animals in captivity

animals in sport and entertainment


what can we learn from the animals?

Further reading

General reading