Our new textbook, the 2023 Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare, which is freely available online, has now surpassed 100,000 chapter downloads! And the complete textbook has been downloaded around 10,000 times. It is now one of the world’s leading textbooks in animal welfare and law. The open access book is available via https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003182351.



Combining the expertise of 50 authors – many of whom are world leaders in their fields, the textbook comprehensively covers animal welfare concerns associated with the farming of terrestrial species and fish, transportation, slaughter, the use of animals in laboratories, zoos, entertainment settings, and as companions, working animals, and more. Virtually all contemporary animal welfare issues are covered in depth. It’s 36 chapters are based on the curricula covered within veterinary specialist examinations in animal welfare, within the US and EU.

The inclusion of recent topics such as the impacts of climate change on animal welfare, and the links between animal exploitation, antimicrobial resistance and pandemics, ensure this text is among the most current in its field. This textbook also includes coverage of animal ethics, animal law in key regions of the world, stakeholder perspectives, education, communication and human behavioural change. It is essential reading for policy-makers, researchers and other professionals working in the animal welfare sector, and for students of animal welfare everywhere.

Open access publication (making the book freely available online) was achieved with the generous support of Compassion in World Farming International, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Albert Schweitzer Foundation.

Further information and reviews: http://aknight.info/aw-book