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From human wellbeing to animal welfare.

Authors
  • Williams, Lisa A1
  • 1 School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected]. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
131
Pages
941–952
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.09.014
PMID: 34509514
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

What does it mean to be "well" and how might such a state be cultivated? When we speak of wellbeing, it is of ourselves and fellow humans. When it comes to nonhuman animals, consideration turns to welfare. My aim herein is to suggest that theoretical approaches to human wellbeing might be beneficially applied to consideration of animal welfare, and in so doing, introduce new lines of inquiry and practice. I will review current approaches to human wellbeing, adopting a triarchic structure that delineates hedonic wellbeing, eudaimonic wellbeing, and social wellbeing. For each, I present a conceptual definition and a review of how researchers have endeavored to measure the construct. Drawing these three domains of research together, I highlight how these traditionally anthropocentric lines of inquiry might be extended to the question of animal welfare - namely by considering hedonic welfare, eudaimonic welfare, and social welfare as potentially distinguishable and complementary components of the broader construct of animal welfare. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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