by Tim Harding, B.Sc.
(An edited version of this essay was published in The Skeptic magazine, June 2014, Vol 34 No 2, under the title ‘Creature Features’. The essay is based on a talk presented to the Mordi Skeptics in February 2012).
The term ‘animal welfare’ is not easy to define, but it usually includes the mental and physical aspects of an animal’s well-being, as well as people’s subjective ethical preferences as to how animals should be treated. These preferences can give rise to a range of opinions about animal welfare; but as we skeptics are fond of saying: ‘people are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts’.
I realise that this article may be controversial, even amongst my fellow skeptics. Nevertheless, I would like to focus on some common factual misunderstandings about animal welfare; and try to dispel a few myths.
There appear to be two extreme polarised…
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