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System or theory of moral values or principles which govern the conduct of an individual or group; philosophy, morality
What is (are) ethics?
- A branch of philosophy; seeks to address questions about morality
- How moral values should be determined
- How a moral outcome can be achieved in specific situations
- What moral values people actually abide by
- How we tell good from bad
- What does 'right' even mean?
- What should we do?
- How we ought to act, morally speaking
Attempts to use philosophical methods to ID the morally correct course of action in various fields of human life
- Study of people's beliefs about morality
- What do people think is right?
A right is a privilege to which one is entitled
Established under strict rules of a legal system; Federal, state, township, etc.
- Rights that aren't contingent upon any law
- Rights we are born to/with
Promise, duty, responsibility
Humans have rights and animals don't, but as their caretakers we have to care for them humanely
Quality of life
Animals and humans have equal rights
Species are ranked from most intelligent to least intelligent. Humans are at the top
Some animal use is OK, as long as there is a benefit for someone or something somewhere down the line
Moderation based on 3 things:
- The 3 R's: Replace, Reduce, Refine
- Animal use guidelines: AWA, "the Guide," etc.
- Laws and regulations: Different from state to state. We have to abide by them
Veterinary schools vs. Non-Veterinary schools
Vet schools are only more advanced than undergraduate programs because they have more species to work with
2 reasons research is an easier target:
- Everybody will see it; will get more attention
- It's safe; the animals you're dealing with are fairly harmless (mice, rats, dogs, etc.)
What would you like to do?
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