One Welfare?

Recently a colleague sent me an article that appeared to build on the concept of “One Health Ethics” mentioned in this blog last year (see OneHealth ethics) . Two veterinarians, enrolled in the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science have examined the concepts of human welfare, animal welfare, and the welfare of the environment, and proposed that there is a need for a “One Welfare” approach to a large number of issues that cuts across traditional divisions

We are not talking about food stamps and entitlements here, we are talking about the need for society to "make decisions in an interdisciplinary frame with a focus on action and a mission of balancing and promoting human and animal welfare in connected ecosystems and societies."

This seems like a welcome antidote to the discussions of human or animal welfare that at times seem to pit one species against each other, or the cost benefit analyses that suggest environmental degradation may be an inevitable a price tag for economic development . It will be interesting to see whether others pick up this theme and begin developing practical applications.