Introduction to Animal Ethics

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Syllabus

Week 1: Training of Companion Animals

  • What is Animal Ethics?
  • Companion Animals
  • Problem Behaviors of Companion Animals
  • Is it Egotistical to Make Animals Obey?

Week 2: Neutering of Companion Animals

  • Background of Slaughtering System of Companion Animals in Japan
  • The Current State of the Slaughtering System
  • Neutering Companion Animals
  • Pros and Cons of Neutering Animals

Week 3: Animal Experimentation for Cosmetics

  • Current Status of Animal Testing in Japan
  • The 3R movement
  • Ban of Animal Testing for Cosmetics in Europe
  • Are Animal Test Regulations Necessary?

Week 4: Eating farm animals

  • Intensive Livestock Industry in Japan
  • “Five Freedoms” of livestock animals
  • Vegetarianism
  • Farm animals and lab animals: are they different?
  • Does Being Thankful Mean We can Do Whatever We Want?

Week 5: Environmental Enrichment in Zoos

  • Zoos in Japan
  • Display Animals and Environmental Enrichment
  • Animal Rights and Confinement of Animals
  • Are Great Apes Different?
  • Being Consistent about Treatment of Various Animals

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