This book, aimed at a non-specialist audience, discusses our relationships with animals, how they feel from the animals' perspectives and how we can improve them. It considers the future of humane, sustainable agriculture.
Dr Sean Wensley is an award-winning vet and lifelong naturalist who has contributed to animal welfare and conservation projects all over the world. His debut book is about how we can choose a better life for animals, from the chickens we eat to the pets we keep.
As our societies become more urbanised, we are further removed from the reality of where and how our food is produced. Surveys suggest that nearly 1 in 4 UK adults don’t know that bacon comes from pigs. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the humanisation of our pets is a risk to their welfare; with over 60% of UK dogs being overweight or obese, we are effectively killing them with kindness. Through A Vet’s Eyes seeks to redress this imbalance so that we see all animals as thinking, feeling beings not dissimilar to ourselves.
As he takes us through the years in which he trained to become a vet, and set against a backdrop of inspiring natural spectacles, Dr Wensley shares his first-hand experience of how animals are treated and used for our benefit. He interrogates the different levels of welfare afforded to them and reveals how we the general consumer can reduce our animal welfare footprint through the choices we make every day.
Wensley, S. (2022). Through A Vet's Eyes: How We Can All Choose a Better Life for Animals. Octopus Publishing Group, London.
Read more here and find pre-order links here. See also the TABLE explainer What is animal welfare?
05 Apr 2022
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