International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


R. G. Beilharz


The author outlines the adaptation processes of animals and animal populations and discusses their relevance to the animal welfare problem. Because "animal welfare" has many different aspects, including philosophical, ethical, and biological, it is important to examine some fundamental issues underlying the concept. Hence, in this essay, the author comments on how people come to "know," how information accumulates, and how what we know influences our actions. The author also discusses the biological information that is relevant to animal welfare. When this topic has been placed within a broader framework, more generally useful solutions to the "animal welfare problem" may be found.