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Why should we care about nonhuman animals during times of crisis?

By M. C. Appleby, T. Stokes

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Incentives to care for nonhuman animals derive in part from the extent to which people depend on animals for food, for livelihood, and for cultural and psychological reasons as well as from the duty to protect animals in their care. When attention is turned to solving and preventing animal welfare problems at times of crisis, it becomes clear that those problems are also associated with problems for human welfare and environmental impact. The incidence and spread of animal diseases is affected by how animals are treated, and this can have very important effects. Similarly, during disasters caused by either natural or human-made events, outcomes for animals are important both in themselves and for their effects on humans and the environment. The need to plan and prepare to care for animals in advance of disease pandemics and disasters - and then to provide coordinated, measured management in response when such crises occur - requires collaboration between all agencies involved as well as increasing attention and resources.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 90-97
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700801925612
Language English
Author Address World Society for the Protection of Animals, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP,
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animal welfare
  4. natural disasters
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