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Editorial: concepts of animal welfare. (Special issue: Concepts of animal welfare)

By K. Hagen, R. van den Bos, T. de C. Buning

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Four of the papers in this issue of Acta Biotheoretica came from the symposium held in Bad Neuenahr, Germany last 8-9 October 2009. The theme was "Concepts of animal welfare-interdisciplinary perspectives". The topics of the papers are: a history of animal welfare science; health and welfare in animals and humans; concepts of animal welfare in relation to positions in animal ethics; and the concept of animal welfare at the interface between producers and scientists: the example of organic pig farming. Two papers were invited in this issue: competing conceptions of animal welfare and their ethical implications for the treatment of non-human animals; and wild animals in our backyard a contextual approach to the intrinsic value of animals. The aim of the symposium and of this issue was to bring together experts representing animal welfare science, philosophy and social sciences in order to discuss how philosophical analysis and explication of scientific terminology, concepts and theory may support the further development of animal welfare science; this in the light of broad use of animal ethics, society and legislation. This issue of the Acta Biotheoretica is thus a contribution to the current theoretical debate on animal welfare science. The focus is on the relationship between the historical as well as practical political context and normative content of animal welfare concept.

Date 2011
Publication Title Acta Biotheoretica
Volume 59
Issue 2
Pages 93-103
ISBN/ISSN 0001-5342
DOI 10.1007/s10441-011-9134-0
Language English
Author Address Europaische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, Wilhelmstr. 56, 53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.
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  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Developed countries
  5. Domestic animals
  6. Ecological agriculture
  7. Ethics
  8. Europe
  9. Events
  10. Germany
  11. History
  12. Livestock
  13. Mammals
  14. OECD countries
  15. organic culture
  16. organic farming
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Philosophy
  19. pig farming
  20. Pigs
  21. Social psychology and social anthropology
  22. Social sciences
  23. Swine
  1. peer-reviewed