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Positive Wild Animal Welfare (Preprint)

Browning, Heather and Veit, Walter (2021) Positive Wild Animal Welfare (Preprint). [Preprint]

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With increasing attention given to wild animal welfare and ethics, it has become common to depict animals outside of captivity as existing in a state of predominantly suffering. This assumption is now taken on board by many and frames much of the current discussion; but needs a more critical assessment, both theoretically and empirically. In this paper, we challenge the primary lines of evidence employed in support of wild animal suffering, to provide an alternative picture in which wild animals may often have much more positive lives than is commonly assumed. Nevertheless, while it is useful to have an alternative model to challenge unexamined assumptions, our real emphasis in this paper is the need for the development of effective methods for applying animal welfare science in the wild, including new means of data collection, the ability to determine the extent and scope of welfare challenges and opportunities, and their effects on welfare.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Browning, Heatherheather.browning@anu.edu.au0000-0003-1554-7052
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: animal welfare science; welfare biology; economics; affective science; philosophy of biology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2021 20:53
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2021 20:53
Item ID: 19608
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19608

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