This week, we learned a bit about ethical theory and discussed how animals are treated in different scenarios. Students can find my notes on ethical theory on the Scholar page.
There are a couple options for you to blog on this week:
First, you could answer the question prompt we didn’t get to in class: “You are a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a “significant” research appoint and are contacted by a manufacturer that wants you to test their product “SLO” in a horse model. Your Department Head has high expectations for you and although you have been working hard and have come very close on several grants, you are still searching for more funding that will help you be successful in getting tenure. What questions do you want to ask and what information do you want to have in order to decide whether you will agree to do the project for them? What factors are involved? How will you decide whether you will take this company up on its offer/request for your expertise?”
Second, you could consider your relationship to the multiple non-human animals and species that matter to your own life. We’ve talked about our confusing relationships to animals – as food, as companions, as helpers, as research subjects. etc. In your own life, which of these relationships can you bring into focus?
Third, we talked about ethical theory and ways to articulate our relationships to animals. What sort of language do you employ or encounter in your own life with regard to non-human animals, and how does this fit with the theories we spoke of? Is there some model or overriding question that you think about in terms of non-human animals?
Fourth, you can go back to the last post that Amanda made on human-animal chimeras for research and reply to that.
Thanks in advance for your responses.