Responsible person: Dr. Pongrácz Péter
Lecturer: Dr. Pongrácz Péter
Requirements: During the semester: preparation of short talks on animal welfare topics; writing a report of animal welfare problems at the Animal Market; preparing an ethical permission proposal to a planned experiment.
Consultation possibilities: during the semester
Mode of teaching: After a short introduction given to each topic, students prepare a presentation based on the current literature about the particular topic. Students visit at least once the Animal Market at Monor, and compile a case study on the experienced animal welfare issues. Students exercise the writing of an ethical permission proposal to a planned study.
Books: Armstrong, S. J. and Botzler, R. G. (2003). The animal ethics reader, 2nd edition. Psychology Press.
Detailed topics of the course:
- The scope and history of animal welfare studies
- What is (animal) suffering? Can animals suffer? Which animals can suffer?
- The connection between neural development and suffering
- ‘Hot spots’ of animal welfare: livestock husbandry, experimental animals
- Field investigations and animal welfare
- Animal welfare and the pet (companion) animals
- Legal regulations, especially on animal experimentation