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Animal Bioethics: Principles and Teaching Methods

  • Animal Bioethics: Principles and Teaching Methods

Animal Bioethics: Principles and Teaching Methods

Edited by M. Marie, S. Edwards, G. Gandini, M. Reiss and E. von Borell

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Author(s): Edited by M. Marie, S. Edwards, G. Gandini, M. Reiss and E. von Borell

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Nowadays there are widespread ethical concerns about animal production and our treatment of animals. This book is the first to specifically examine these issues from an educational perspective. With 19 chapters written by 31 authors experienced in this field and coming from 11 European countries, this book will be of great value to veterinary, agronomy and science students and teachers. It will also be of use for everyone interested in developing moral reasoning and communication skills relative to ethics, whether animal centred or in a broader sense.

The first part of the book is devoted to in-depth analyses of historical, philosophical, religious and cultural perspectives as well as of the driving forces in action. This enables readers to develop a good understanding of the ethical principles related to human-animal relationships, and their dynamics.

In the second part, teaching objectives, strategies and methods are analysed, resulting in a conceptual framework for education in this area. Concrete suggestions are given to be applied in teaching, training and communication. This provides a basis for curricula development, including appropriate principles, content and examples. A detailed syllabus is proposed in the case of animal welfare, including its rationale and extensive sources of information. The methods proposed, in their varying degrees of complexity involve active processes, mainly founded on case studies and problem-based learning. This will contribute to a necessary sharing of experience and the spreading of good practice.

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Author Edited by M. Marie, S. Edwards, G. Gandini, M. Reiss and E. von Borell
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 360 pp
ISBN 9789076998589
Publication date 2005
Book Type Softcover


A mirror of myself? Monist and dualist views of animals

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Monists and dualists
  • The victory of the dualist position
  • Animal similarities
  • Natural scientific monism - ethical dualism
  • Monist ethicists
  • The defeat of humanist ethics
  • Concluding remarks
  • References

Religious resources for animal ethics?

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Western culture, religious traditions, and the destruction of the environment
  • The Judeo-Christian heritage
  • Christian transformation of Hellenistic thinking
  • The modern transformation of philosophy
  • Integrating the tradition?
  • References

Ethics, morals and law relative to animals

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Moral standards, ethical norms of behaviour and culture in human society
  • Origin of ethics, culture and values in Western society
  • Domestic animals in relation to morality, ethics and law
  • The status of animals in the 21st century
  • The role of humanity in the community of life
  • Conclusion
  • References

The animal issue: diversity in values and thoughts

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • The emergence of zoocentrism
  • Anthropocentric counterattack
  • Animal welfare and the moral status
  • Moral deliberation
  • Working with diversity
  • References

Animal integrity

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Integrity and zoocentric animal ethics
  • Integrity and biocentric ethical theories
  • Perception of animals in daily life and in science
  • Aesthetics and ethics
  • References 107

The stockperson as a social partner to the animal? A stake for animal welfare

  • Introduction
  • Fear of people, ease of handling, animal welfare, production and product quality
  • An example of research work: a study of beef cattle docility
  • Good tools for good workers
  • Good workers for good animals: the importance of the psychological characteristics of the stockperson
  • Using the genetic variability for selecting the animals
  • The importance of considering the human-animal interactions as a part of an inter-individual relationship
  • The stockperson as a social partner for the farm animals?
  • Some scientific concepts and facts
  • Existence of sensitive periods to human contact in the farm ungulates? life
  • The importance of the social network in the development of the human-animal relationship
  • Conclusion
  • References

Associations are changing public opinion and breeding methods to improve animal well being

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Farm animals? distress: a challenge for communication
  • Consumer Associations in Alsace: from food safety to ethics
  • Environmental protection associations: from biodiversity to well-being
  • Animal protection associations: from pity to competence
  • Farm animal welfare experts: from commercialising life to changing the system
  • Education for ethics: from zootechnics to the practice of wellbeing
  • References

Trade regulations, market requirements and social pressures effects on introducing animal friendly livestock production systems

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Animal welfare
  • Conclusions
  • References

The human-animal relationship in higher scientific education and its ethical implications

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Place afforded to ethical questions
  • Perception of animal
  • The conflicting place of ethics
  • Conclusion
  • References

Teaching animal bioethics: pedagogic objectives

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Why should students on agricultural and veterinary higher education courses study ethics?
  • What sort of ethics should students on agricultural and veterinary higher education courses study?
  • How might ethics be taught to students on agricultural and veterinary higher education courses?
  • Conclusion
  • References

Teaching professional ethics: more than moral cognition alone

  • Abstract
  • From justification to implementation
  • The fabric of moral behaviour
  • The difficulty of teaching ethics
  • Taking teaching animal ethics seriously
  • References

Teaching animal welfare to veterinary students

  • Abstract
  • Basic principles
  • Farm animal housing and husbandry
  • Transport and slaughter of farm animals
  • Companion animals
  • Laboratory animals
  • Wildlife
  • References

Teaching ethics to agricultural and veterinary students: experiences from Denmark

  • Introduction
  • The societal need for agriculturalists and veterinarians to understand ethics
  • The experience of running a course in bioethics for students of agricultural science and agricultural economics
  • The experience of running a course in animal ethics for veterinary students
  • A new course: Introductory philosophy of science for agricultural science, agricultural economics, and biotechnology students
  • What is needed to set up interdisciplinary ethics courses?
  • References

What is your conception of ethics? A questionnaire for engineer and science students

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Description of the questionnaire
  • Use of the questionnaire in the classroom
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

An introduction to Problem-Based Learning and its application to an animal bioethics curriculum

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • The problem
  • The PBL model
  • The facilitator
  • The tutorial process
  • The tutorial group
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

The construction and application of cases in bioethics education

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Practical skills and theoretical background
  • Phases in the educational process
  • Educational goals
  • Different types of cases: illustrative procedures and games
  • Acknowledgement

The ethical matrix: a framework for teaching ethics to bioscience students

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • The theoretical background
  • An Ethical Matrix
  • Aims and limitations
  • Application of the Ethical Matrix to the case of bovine somatotrophin
  • Competent moral judges
  • Worldviews
  • Conclusions
  • References

The use of the reflective equilibrium method of moral reasoning in teaching animal and veterinary ethics

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Course in animal and veterinary ethics
  • The reflective equilibrium method of moral reasoning
  • Reasoning about a concrete moral problem
  • Moral thinking and clinical thinking
  • References

Index ? Animal bioethics: cases, situations

Index ? Teaching objectives, strategies, methods

Index ? Philosophical schools, concepts, authors

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