Compassion, by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare
F. Bailey Norwood and Jayson L. Lusk Compassion, by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-19955-116-3, 416 pages, Price: $45.00 (hardback)
This useful and important book takes a clear and direct economic approach to issues often treated as matters of emotion, philosophy, history, anthropology or biological science. Because the book addresses a broad audience, the authors explain the role of economics in considering animal welfare early and explicitly. The early sections also include a quick history of 5,000 years of human interaction with animals, a review of the last couple of centuries of animal welfare advocacy and occasional précis of arguments of philosophers and moralists, which are beyond the expertise of this reviewer to evaluate. This review necessarily highlights the usefulness of the book for economists, although part of that usefulness is in providing data and analysis economists can use in communicating with non-economists.