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Richard Haynes and the Views of Professionals in the Animal Welfare Science Community

Lookup NU author(s): Mx Jan Deckers



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2018.

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Richard Haynes has argued that professionals in the animal welfare science community have appropriated the term ‘animal welfare’ to discredit the views of others. He claims that this appropriation would be illegitimate because alternative views have not received a fair hearing in policy discussions and animals have been exploited because of it. In this publication, Haynes’s critique and his alternative will be examined with the aim to address the role of professionals in discussions of animal welfare. I argue that professionals in moral philosophy have a significant role to play in discussions of the meaning and moral relevance of animal welfare, and that my own account provides a superior alternative to address moral issues in the two key areas addressed in Haynes’s work: the use of animals for biomedical science, and their use for human food.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Deckers J

Editor(s): Springer S; Grimm H

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Professionals in Food Chains

Year: 2018

Pages: 72-77

Print publication date: 13/06/2018

Online publication date: 18/06/2018

Acceptance date: 01/03/2018

Series Title: Professionals in Food Chains

Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers

Place Published: The Netherlands


DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-869-8_9

Notes: Proceedings of EurSafe 2018 conference, held 13-16 June 2018, Vienna, Austria. URL for published volume:

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ISBN: 9789086863211