Food and Animal Welfare

Bloomsbury Publishing
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Drawing together the latest research and a range of case studies, Henry Buller and Emma Roe guide readers on a fascinating journey through animal welfare issues 'from farm to fork'. Animal welfare offers a vital lens through which to explore the economies, culture and politics of food. This is the first text to provide a much-needed overview of this strongly debated area of the food industry.

Buller and Roe explore how animal welfare is defined, advocated, assessed and implemented by farmers, veterinarians, distributors, and consumers. From the practicalities and limitations of establishing a basic standard of care for livestock, to the ethics of selling welfare as a product in the supermarket, this indispensable book offers empirical insights into a key aspect of the global food system: the lives, deaths, and consumption of animals which are at the core of the food chain. It is a must-read for students and scholars of animal welfare, agro-food studies and human-animal relations in disciplines such as geography, politics, anthropology, and sociology as well as animal behaviour, psychology and veterinary science.
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About the author

Henry Buller is Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter, UK.


Emma Roe is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Southampton, UK.
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Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
May 3, 2018
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Pages
232
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ISBN
9780857857378
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English
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Nature / Animal Rights
Social Science / Agriculture & Food
Social Science / Sociology / General
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