The ethics of farming flightless birds

Tulloch, G. and Phillips, C. J. C. (2011). The ethics of farming flightless birds. In Phil Glatz, Christine Lunam and Irek Malecki (Ed.), The welfare of farmed ratites (pp. 1-11) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer -Verlag Dordrecht. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-19297-5_1

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Author Tulloch, G.
Phillips, C. J. C.
Title of chapter The ethics of farming flightless birds
Title of book The welfare of farmed ratites
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer -Verlag Dordrecht
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-19297-5_1
Open Access Status
Series Animal Welfare
ISBN 9783642192968
ISSN 1572-7408
Editor Phil Glatz
Christine Lunam
Irek Malecki
Volume number 11
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Total chapters 11
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The ethics, or morality, of farming a relatively novel and undomesticated group of animals, the ratites, is considered. Ethical considerations for animal management centre on their right to life, bodily health and integrity, opportunity to use their senses and emotions, to have affiliations with conspecifics and be part of a worldwide species network, to play and to have control over one’s environment. Ratites are considered to present greater ethical problems compared to conventional animal farming because of their inherent unsuitability for farming for meat and other products and their limited level of domestication. This unsuitability arises principally from their large size, slow maturation and limited social structure relative to other farmed birds. The absence of a domestication influence to reduce aggression and flight distance means that they have a significant potential to inflict damage on themselves, their handlers and conspecifics. Bodily mutilations, such as declawing may mitigate damage to others, but is ethically questionable because of potential welfare impact and offence to integrity. It is concluded that significant ethical concerns surround ratite farming that make the practice of dubious value as a means of producing food and leather with due respect to the animals’ needs.
Keyword Ethics
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes xiv, 263 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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Created: Tue, 18 Oct 2011, 12:46:37 EST by Professor Clive Phillips on behalf of Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics