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. 


Elliott Garber said...

Thanks for pointing out this article. I haven't gotten this February issue of JAVMA yet but will definitely give it a good read. I'm intrigued by the concept and interested to learn how these two vets have approached it.

Alex Gagar said...

I completely agree with your statement that we should make timely decisions for the human and animals welfare otherwise it will get late to cover up and soon the time can come that no one would be their for our welfare too! This concern could be regarding social welfare or Medication!

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