The Regulation of Animal Health and Welfare draws on the research of scientists, lawyers, economists and political scientists to address the current and future regulatory problems posed by the issues of animal health and disease. Recent events such as the outbreak of mad cow disease, epidemics of foot and mouth disease, concerns about bluetongue in sheep, and the entry into the food chain of the offspring of cloned cattle, have heightened awareness of the issues of regulation in animal disease and welfare. This book critically appraises the existing regulatory institutions and guiding principles of how best to maintain animal health in the context of social change and a developing global economy. Addressing considerations of sound science, the role of risk management, and the allocation of responsibilities, it also takes up the theoretical and practical challenges which here – and elsewhere – attend the co-operation of scientists, social scientists, lawyers and policy makers. Indeed, the collaboration of scientists and social scientists in determined and regulatory contexts such as that of animal disease is an issue of ever-increasing importance. This book will be of considerable value to those with interests in this issue, as well as those concerned with the law and policy relating to animal health and welfare.
Chapter 1 Science, Law, Policy and Economics of Animal Health and Welfare; Chapter 2 Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Animal Health and Welfare; Chapter 3 Combining Disciplines; Chapter 4 Understanding and assessing the risk management of animal health and welfare; Chapter 5 Case studies of Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVDV), Johne’s Disease, and TB in cattle examples of endemic diseases; Chapter 6 Regulating animal health and welfare: law and economics; Chapter 7 Policy making and future regulatory strategy; Chapter 8 Conclusions; Select Bibliography
Traditionally, the role of law has been to implement political decisions concerning the relationship between science and society. Increasingly, however, as our understanding of the complex dynamic between law, science and society deepens, this instrumental characterisation is seen to be inadequate, but as yet we have only a limited conception of what might take its place. In short, there is a need for new research and scholarship, and it is to that need that this series responds.