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Ethical Issues Ethical Issues       In (Nonhuman) Animal Welfare In (Nonhuman) Animal Welfare & (Nonhuman) Animal Rights  & (Nonhuman) Animal Rights  Oklahoma State University
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INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION Purpose:  to understand ethical issues related to animal  welfare & animal rights  Learning Objectives: 1.  To review the concepts of animal rights and  animal welfare. 2.  To understand the key conflicts related to animal  rights and animal welfare. 3.  To understand the ethical dimensions of animal  rights and animal welfare. 
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How it might have been in another time,  How it might have been in another time,  another place another place For a long time he looked at the dead  mammoth, sadness and regret welling in his  heart.  Somberly, he went down to kneel by  the mammoth’s huge head and stroke it  gently.  From the sacred pouch hanging  around his neck, he took the special  amulets, breathed on them, and began the  process of singing the cow’s soul to the  Blessed Star People. The darts had worked. … --W. Michael Geer & Kathleen O’Neal Gear,  People  of the Wolf
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The Core of the Ethical Issue: The Core of the Ethical Issue: 1. “Nonhuman animals are only of  instrumental value.” 2. If so, do they still deserve treatment with  minimal standards? 3. If (2) not so, should they have the same  rights as humans, & how do we  implement this? If “yes” to (2), ethical views are likely  anthropocentric  & utilitarian If “yes” to (3), ethical view is likely  ecocentric   
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The “treatment” question: The “treatment” question: 1. Decide whether the entity  (nonhuman animal) has moral  standing. 2. If so, decide reasons to thwart the  interests of the being with moral  standing.
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Sampling of Recent Conflicts: Sampling of Recent Conflicts: The desire for animal research to solve human  problems  vs. the desire to end/limit lab experiments on  animals The desire for wildlife management thru licensed  hunting  vs. the desire to stop violent acts on wildlife The desire for animal skins & furs as clothing vs. the  desire to stop the trapping of wildlife & the  domestication of animals for clothing  The desire for pets  vs. the desire to limit or end the  raising of animals for pets or humane treatment of  pets The desire for animal production for human use including meat vs. the desire to end such production  or set standards on production
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