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Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context, 2nd Edition

by David Fraser

The essential text on understanding and improving animal welfare

Understanding Animal Welfare, 2nd Edition is revised and expanded to incorporate new research and developments in animal welfare. Updated with greater accessibility in mind, the reader is guided through animal welfare in its cultural and historical context, methods of study, and applications in practice and policy. Drawing examples from farm, companion, laboratory and zoo animals, the text provides an up-to-date overview of research and its applications, while also tracing how concepts and methods have evolved over time.

Readers of the second edition of Understanding Animal Welfare will also find:

·       New developments in understanding positive animal states
·       The importance of human actions in determining animal welfare
·       New content on “One Welfare”
·       How free-living wild animals are affected by human technology and climate change

Originally intended for scientists and professionals, Understanding Animal Welfare has also found a home in undergraduate classrooms. It is now the essential text for students, practitioners, veterinarians, and researchers in animal welfare and related fields.


David Fraser, CM, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Through 50 years of research on farm, companion, laboratory and wild animals, he is recognized as a pioneer of animal welfare science.

Published as part of the prestigious Wiley Blackwell – UFAW Animal Welfare series. UFAW is an international independent scientific and educational animal welfare charity and membership society.

For full details of all titles available in the series, please visit our website at www.wiley.com/go/ufaw.

ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-119-62640-4
October 2023
384 Pages
Price: Starting at £62.99

UFAW members are entitled to a 35% discount off all books in the UFAW Wiley book series and off virtually all other Wiley books. If you are a member please contact the UFAW office for the discount code (tel +44 (0) 1582 831818 or email ufaw@ufaw.org.uk). If you would like to become a member you can join online or download a membership application form.

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