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Chapter 26

ANSC 101 Chapter Notes - Chapter 26: Horse Slaughter, Professional Ethics

Animal Science
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ANSC 101

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ANSC Chapter 25 Ethics
Why should animal scientist and veterinarians study ethics?
- Traditionally they are not taught to consider ethics
- However, science cannot answer all of the questions people raise about animal
- So we need both science and ethics to resolve issues challenging animal agriculture
What is ethics?
- A set of norms used in everyday social interactions and written into legal or professional
codes of practice, religious texts, folk tales, literature and philosophy.
- The rules one lives by when no one else is watching
- Its what we use to judge the advisability and justifiability of what we do.
- Ag Bioethics: has to do with how we treat animals and the environment
Ethical Dimensions in Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine
- Personal ethics (decision to eat meat, allowing pets into the home)
- Professional ethics (ASAS statement of ethics, AVMA oath)
- Social consensus ethics (social accountability and social responsibility
Ethical questions about animals:
- Permissibility of horse slaughter
- Use of animals in research
- Use of animals in entertainment
- Confinement housing of livestock
- Humaneness of slaughter techniques for livestock
An ethical issue is:
- When a value judgment must be made about whether an action is good/bad,
right/wrong, worthy/unworthy
What is science?
- Science is the human endeavor associated with gaining an understanding and
explanation of the universe, its components, functions, and processes contained within
- Science is never absolutely objective or completely value free.
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How ethics and science are similar
- In both science and philosophy, the objective is the same- the search for the truth
- The subject matter is different but the methods used by scientists and philosophers
have similarities
- Both are legitimate and complimentary modes of inquiry.
Considerations for laying hen housing?
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