Animal Bioethics Workshop Engages 20 Institutions from U.S., Canada
Posted July 05, 2017
Participants from the 2017 Agricultural Animal Bioethics
Workshop, held June 4-6 in Indianapolis
Two faculty members from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) were among those from 20
universities and institutions from across the United States and
Canada who participated in a two-day, interactive workshop
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Drs. Rosina “Tammi” Krecek and Angela Arenas explored relevant
bioethical issues associated with contemporary animal production
during the 2017 Agricultural Animal Bioethics Workshop, held in
Indianapolis, from June 4-6.
The USDA Challenge Grant-funded workshop was designed to provide
curriculum and resources on animal bioethics to instructors of
relevant courses in agricultural sciences and veterinary
“Agricultural animal bioethics is fundamental to Global One
Health programs, specifically at the animal and human intersect,”
Krecek said. “This workshop provided the environment for
experienced colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada to share
skills necessary to develop educational modules and for teaching
animal welfare. Especially valuable were discussions that explored
innovative effective pedagogical approaches in both developed and
The core training team represented Purdue University, University
of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Alaska
Anchorage, Texas A&M University, and the USDA, participants
from which were instructed to examine the development and effective
use of tools for bioethics instruction.
Participants were provided an opportunity to tailor materials
and practice, incorporating them into moral deliberation about
ethical issues in animal agriculture.
The overall aim of the event was to engage consumers, critics,
and other stakeholders on relevant bioethical issues associated
with contemporary animal production, including the impacts on
animal welfare, the environment, small farms, social justice,
"cheap" food policy, and consumer demand, which is both important
and also intimidating to the animal sciences and industries,
according to Krecek.
For more information on the workshop, visit https://vet.purdue.edu/CAWS/bioethics.
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