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Assessment of farm animals and intersubjectivity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.
2010 (English)In: Global food security: ethical and legal challenges / [ed] Carlos M. Romeo Casabona, Leire Escajedo San Epifanio & Aitziber Emaldi CiriĆ³n, Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers , 2010, 348-353 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to outline an approach, called the textual approach, to theoretically confirm the intersubjectivity of assessments of animal welfare. The field of medical hermeneutics is used as a source for inspiration of how to correlate results of disparate empirical methods in order to better understand the health status of another being. The textual approach suggests that farm animals should be assessed as physiological objects as well as experiencing subjects. Stress-measurements add information about the animal as an object, while the adjective-based method adds information about the animal as a subject. The textual approach also implies, morally, that the assessed animal should be treated as an intrinsically valued being. The concern for intersubjectivity is thus not only based on scientific concerns, but also concerns for the animals in themselves.

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Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers , 2010. 348-353 p.
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animal welfare, Wemelsfelder, medical hermeneutics, animal ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137258DOI: 10.3921/978-90-8686-710-3ISBN: 978-90-8686-154-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137258DiVA: diva2:377996
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Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-15 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved

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