Dr Thomas Ryan, an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, is to soon have published a trailblazing work on animals and social work.

In Animals and Social Work: A Moral Introduction, Dr Ryan, a practicing social worker, argues that since the early twentieth century the discipline of social work has demonstrated a thoroughgoing moral indifference to the needs and wellbeing of our fellow animals. His book is focused on the key question – is this indifference morally justifiable?