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Zoo Animal Welfare.

Wickins-Drazilova, Dita (2006) Zoo Animal Welfare. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 19 (1). pp. 27-36. ISSN 1187-7863

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Abstract

The continuing existence of zoos and their good purposes such as conservation, science, education, and recreation, can be ethically justified only if zoos guarantee the welfare of their animals. The usual criteria for measuring animal welfare in zoos are physical health, long life, and reproduction. This paper looks at these criteria and finds them insufficient. Additional criteria are submitted to expand the range of welfare considerations: natural and abnormal behavior; freedom and choice; and dignity. All these criteria should play a role in analyzing zoo animal welfare and interests but dignity has the overriding part because it impacts on both animal and human interests.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal - dignity - ethics - reintroduction - welfare - zoos
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 35640
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 26 Jan 2011 14:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35640

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