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5.0 out of 5 stars A timely reminder that animal welfare has to be an objective science
Anyone with a serious interest in the science of animal welfare will be familiar with the research of Dr Marian Stamp Dawkins. Her book 'Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare' in 1980 is a seminal reference work.

This new book is timely reminder that animal welfare has to be looked upon as an objective and considered endeavour. She is right to...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misguided but interesting
I think the author is sadly misguided in her conclusions, this is nevertheless an interesting book for anyone interested in philosophy...ie what consciousness is or is not. In fact after reading it you may wonder if you yourself are conscious and how you could ever prove that you were.
The author claims to believe that animals do matter and to be concerned for their...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timely reminder that animal welfare has to be an objective science, 6 Jun 2013
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Anyone with a serious interest in the science of animal welfare will be familiar with the research of Dr Marian Stamp Dawkins. Her book 'Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare' in 1980 is a seminal reference work.

This new book is timely reminder that animal welfare has to be looked upon as an objective and considered endeavour. She is right to caution the current drift of animal welfare away from the rigours of serious research into metaphysical musings and anthropomorphism, which all too often are carried along into the ideological world of animal-rights.

I would seriously recommend this book to both lay-people and students with an open minded interest in animal welfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for animal behaviorists and welfare scientists, 23 April 2012
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I was so excited to see Dawkins' book that I had it shipped from overseas (not available in the US until June '12). Absolutely worth the extra shipping! A very interesting perspective and I'm recommending it for my students this coming year.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misguided but interesting, 24 July 2013
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I think the author is sadly misguided in her conclusions, this is nevertheless an interesting book for anyone interested in philosophy...ie what consciousness is or is not. In fact after reading it you may wonder if you yourself are conscious and how you could ever prove that you were.
The author claims to believe that animals do matter and to be concerned for their welfare, but the bulk of the book is scornful of people who support animal welfare on what she considers to be unscientific grounds. Her argument being that if the claims of animal welfare activists are unscientific then scientists and those who are not interested in animals will not take any notice of animal welfare and then animals will suffer. So she sets out to convince us just how unscientific it is for anyone to claim that animals are conscious, have feelings...or indeed any real intelligence. However having dismissed the views of most of us interested in animal welfare, the only way forward she is able to suggest is for animal welfare to be championed on the grounds of human self interest. Ouch...it is here that her whole argument falls down because it seems quite clear to me that no one is ever going to stop being cruel to animals on the grounds that it is not in their interest....they will think it is in their interest to have cheap food even if cruelly produced, or that it is in their interest to experiment on animals if it might help human health, or that it is in their interest to torment or kill an animal if they enjoy doing so. So ultimately the solution she offers is far weaker than the argument of appealing to anthropomorphism or consciousness.
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