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Species MattersHumane Advocacy and Cultural Theory$
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Michael Lundblad and Marianne DeKoven

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152839

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152839.001.0001

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Avoid Being Abstract When Making Policies on the Welfare of Animals

Avoid Being Abstract When Making Policies on the Welfare of Animals

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Species Matters

Temple Grandin

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how animal advocacy can take different forms in diverse academic disciplines, in this case animal science. The chapter discusses the importance of staying in touch with what is actually happening on the ground, in farms and in slaughter plants, and the use of animals for food based on experience from working for thirty-five years designing better equipment to improve the treatment of cattle and pigs and the perspective of a reformer who wants to improve the livestock industry. It also explains a particular approach to animal welfare issues and how visual thinking changes this approach to improving animal welfare. Finally, it considers policies that have unintended bad consequences and may make animal welfare worse, along with a dispute with animal rights advocates who want to abolish the use of animals for food. The chapter argues in favor of humane advocacy for animals—at least for sentient, affect-bearing animals capable of feeling pain—while defending the right to continue eating meat from animals raised and slaughtered humanely.

Keywords:   animal advocacy, animal science, farms, animals, food, livestock industry, animal welfare, visual thinking, animal rights, humane advocacy

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