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Alternative Paradigms in Animal Health Decisions: A Framework for Thinking beyond Money

Version 1 : Received: 2 July 2022 / Approved: 5 July 2022 / Online: 5 July 2022 (04:36:30 CEST)

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Noguera Z., L.P.; Torgerson, P.R.; Hartnack, S. Alternative Paradigms in Animal Health Decisions: A Framework for Treating Animals Not Only as Commodities. Animals 2022, 12, 1845. Noguera Z., L.P.; Torgerson, P.R.; Hartnack, S. Alternative Paradigms in Animal Health Decisions: A Framework for Treating Animals Not Only as Commodities. Animals 2022, 12, 1845.

Journal reference: Animals 2022, 12, 1845
DOI: 10.3390/ani12141845

Abstract

Zoonoses are diseases transmitted from (vertebrate) animals to humans. Control and prevention of these diseases require an appropriate way to measure health for prudent and well-balanced decisions in public health. We propose a framework that aims to explore, understand and open up a conversation about the non-monetary value of animals through environmental and normative ethics. As an example of its application, participants can choose what they are willing to give in exchange for curing an animal in hypothetical scenarios selecting a human health condition to suffer, the amount of money, and lifetime as a tradeoff. We believe that considering animals beyond their monetary value in public health decisions will contribute to a more rigorous assessment of the burden of zoonotic diseases, among other health decisions. This method might help us complement the existing metrics in health, adding more comprehensive values for animal and human health for the “One Health” approach.

Keywords

One Health; zoonosis; animal health

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Other

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