The books listed may be useful for those wishing to find out more about animal welfare science, ethics and law. The list is not exhaustive. Please note, AWSELVA does not endorse or approve the included titles.

Animal Welfare Science

  • Veterinary Ethics in Practice, Yeates, CABI 2020;
  • The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare, Ahmadi , CABI, 2020;
  • The Slaughter of Farmed Animals, Grandin, CABI 2020;
  • Asking Animals: An Introduction to Animal Behaviour Testing, Nielsen, CABI, 2020;
  • Animal Welfare 3rd edition, Appleby, CABI 2018
  • Dilemmas in Animal Welfare, Appleby, Sandoe, Weary, CABI 2016
  • Improving Animal Welfare, Grandin, CABI 2015
  • Sentience and Animal Welfare, Broom, CABI 2015
  • Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice, Yeates, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • Why Animals Matter, Dawkins, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Animal Welfare 2nd Edition, Appleby, Mench, Ollson, Hughes (eds), CABI, 2011
  • The Sciences of Animal Welfare, Mellor, Patterson-Kane and Stafford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
  • Stereotypic Animal Behaviour: Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare, Mason and Rushen (eds), CABI, 2008 
  • Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context, Fraser, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
  • Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare 4th edition, Broom and Fraser, CABI, 2007
  • Ethical Eye: Animal Welfare, Council of Europe Publishing, 2006 
  • Animal Welfare: Limping Towards Eden, Webster, Blackwell, 2005
  • Physiology and Behaviour of Animal Suffering, Gregory, Blackwell, 2004
  • Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals, Young, Blackwell, 2003
  • Animal Welfare, Spedding, Earthscan Publications Limited, 2000
  • What Should We Do About Animal Welfare?, Appleby, Blackwell Science, 1999
  • Animal Welfare, Appleby and Hughes, CAB International 1997
  • Animal Welfare: A Cool Eye Towards Eden, Webster, Blackwell Science, 1995
  • Animal Minds, Griffin, University of Chicago Press, 1994
  • Stress and Animal Welfare, Broom and Johnson, Chapman and Hall 1993
  • Through our eyes only? A Journey in to Animal Consciousness, Dawkins, WH Freeman, 1993
  • Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare, Dawkins, 1992

Animals used in Research

  • The Welfare of Animals Used in Research: Practice and Ethics, Hubrecht, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014
  • Handbook of Laboratory Animal Management and Welfare 4th edn, Wolfensohn and Lloyd, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, Knight, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
  • The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Hubrecht and Kirkwood (eds), 2010
  • Man and Mouse: Animals in Medical Research, Paton, Oxford University Press, 1993

Companion Animal

  • Companion animal Ethics, Sandoe & Corr, Wiley, 2015
  • Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed, Bradshaw, Allen Lane, 2013
  • In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs need our Understanding, Bradshaw, Penguin, 2012
  • Feline Behaviour and Welfare, Fraser, CABI, 2012
  • Lifeskills for Puppies: Laying the Foundation for a Loving, Lasting Relationship, Zulch and Mills, Hubble & Hattie, 2012
  • The Welfare of Cats, Rochlitz, Springer, 2007
  • The Welfare of Dogs, Stafford, Springer, 2007
  • Companion Animals and Us: Exploring the Relationships between People and Pets, Podberscek, Paul and Serpell (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2005
  • In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships, Serpell, 1996

Farmed Animal

  • Animal Welfare at Slaughter, Velarde, 5m Publishing 2016
  • Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems, Villalba, 5m Publishing 2016
  • Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, Lymbery and Oakeshott, Bloomsbury, 2014
  • Animal Machines, Harrison, CABI, 2013 (first published Vincent Stuart, 1964)
  • Improving Farm Animal Welfare: Science and Society Working Together: The Welfare Quality Approach, Blokhuis, Miele, Veissier and Jones (eds), Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2013
  • Animal Husbandry Regained: The Place of Farm Animals in Sustainable Agriculture, Earthscan, 2012
  • Management and Welfare of Farm Animals: The UFAW Farm Handbook, Webster (ed), Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
  • The Meat Crisis: Developing More Sustainable Production and Consumption, D'Silva and Webster, 2010
  • The Future of Animal Farming: Renewing the Ancient Contract, Singer, Dawkins and Bonney (eds), Blackwell, 2008
  • Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals, Appleby, Cussen, Garces, Lambert and Turner (eds), CABI, 2008
  • Humane Livestock Handling, Grandin, Storey Publishing LLC, 2008
  • Farm Animal Welfare: Social, Bioethical and Research Issues, Rollin, Blackwell, 2003

Zoo Animal

  • Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management, Kleiman, Thompson and Baer (eds), University of Chicago Press, 2012


  • Voices from Women: Women’s views on the contributions of working donkeys, horse and mules to their lives (report), Valette, the Brooke, 2014
  • The Working Equid Veterinary Manual, the Brooke, Whittet Books Limited, 2013
  • Equine Welfare, McIlwraith and Rollin (eds), Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
  • The Behaviour and Welfare of the Horse, Fraser, CABI, 2010
  • The Welfare of Horses, Waran (ed), Springer, 2007
  • The Domestic Horse: The Origins, Development and Management of its Behavior, Mills and McDonnell (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2005
  • Equine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists, McGreevy, Saunders Limited, 2004


  • Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases, Mullan & Fawcett 5m Publishing 2017
  • Animal Welfare and the Law: Fundamental Principles for Critical Assessment, Robertson, Routledge, 2015
  • Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th edition, Beauchamp and Childress, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, Wathes, Corr, May, McCulloch and Whiting (eds), Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • Veterinary Ethics: An Introduction, Legood, Continuum, 2011
  • Ethics of Animal Use, Sandoe and Christiansen (eds), Blackwell, 2008
  • An Introduction to Veterinary Medical Ethics, Rollin, Blackwell, 2006
  • The Case for Animal Rights, Regan, University of California Press, 2004
  • Ethics, Humans and Other Animals, Hursthouse, Routledge, 2000
  • Bioethics: An Anthology, Kuhse and Singer, Blackwell, 1999
  • Animal Rights: The Changing Debate, Garner (ed), Palgrave Macmillan, 1996
  • Animal Liberation 2nd edition, Singer, Pimlico, 1995
  • Beyond Prejudice: The Moral Significance of Human and Non-Human Animals, Pluhar, Duke University Press, 1995


  • A Practical Approach to Animal Welfare Law, Sweeney, 5m Publishing 2017
  • Dogs of Law, Sweeney, Alibi, 2015
  • Animal Law and Welfare: Fundamental Principles, Robertson, Routledge, 2014
  • The Regulation of Animal Health and Welfare: Science, Law and Policy, McEldowney, Grant and Medley, Routledge, 2014
  • Animal Abuse: Helping Animals and People, Tiplady, CABI, 2013
  • Animal Machines (reissue), Harrison, CABI 2013
  • An Introduction to Animals and the Law, Schaffner, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
  • Ethics, Law and the Veterinary Nurse, Pullen and Gray, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006
  • Animals, Politics and Morality, Garner, Manchester University Press, 2004
  • Animal Welfare Law in Britain: Regulation and Responsibility, Radford, Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Animal Law, Palmer, Shaw and Sons Limited, 2001