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'Animal Ethics Dilemma': an interactive learning tool for university and professional training

By A. J. Hanlon, A. Algers, T. Dich, T. Hansen, H. Loor, P. Sandoe

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'Animal Ethics Dilemma' is a freely available computer-supported learning tool (www.animalethicsdilemma.net or www.aedilemma.net) which has been developed primarily for veterinary undergraduates but is applicable also to students in other fields of animal science. The objectives of the computer program are to promote students' understanding of the ethics related to animal use, to illustrate ethical dilemmas that arise in animal use, to broaden students' moral imagination, and to enable students to differentiate between types of ethical argument. The program comprises five case studies: (1) the blind hens; (2) ANDi the genetically modified monkey; (3) euthanasia of a healthy dog; (4) animal slaughter; and (5) rehabilitation of seals. Special consideration has been given to enhancing the pedagogic value of the program. Students can control their learning by selecting a variety of ways to explore the program; for example, they can navigate the program using the 'Assist Me' option, which explains the basis of the ethical arguments. Reality text provides details of real events on which the case is based, and a glossary of terminology is available for the students to explore. Selected access to a case template is also available, enabling students and teachers to create their own case studies. Evaluation of the program has been ongoing during its development.

Date 2007
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 16
Issue Supplement
Pages 155-158
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Veterinary Sciences Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4, Irish Republic. alison.hanlon@ucd.ie
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal science
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Aquacultural and fisheries
  5. Aquatic Biology and Ecology
  6. Aquatic organisms
  7. Birds
  8. Case Report
  9. Chickens
  10. Computers
  11. Education
  12. Ethics
  13. Euthanasia
  14. Evaluation
  15. Fowls
  16. Goals
  17. Information
  18. Mammals
  19. Marine animals
  20. Marine mammals
  21. Monkeys
  22. objectives
  23. peer-reviewed
  24. Poultry
  25. Primates
  26. Research
  27. Seals
  28. Social psychology and social anthropology
  29. students
  30. Studies
  31. targets
  32. terminology
  33. training
  34. Wild animals
  35. Zoology
  1. peer-reviewed