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Course Review: Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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Provider: The University of Edinburgh @Coursera [course page]
Lecturer: Various Lecturers
Subject: Science / Veterinary Science + Animal Welfare
Delivery: Intake-based asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 1-3 hrs/week over 5 weeks
Completion Date: 08/22/2014

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi



English: Trindledown Animal Shelter. The squar...

English: Trindledown Animal Shelter. The square is largely farmland, but also has a large animal welfare centre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Description: The team of lecturers teaches us about studies on animal behaviour, laws and why we should consider animal welfare.

Strengths: This course discusses the role of animals in our daily lives and how to improve their welfare by looking at their behaviour. There has been numerous studies done in recent years regarding animal behaviour and cognition. Given the important role that animals play in our daily lives, it makes sense to give something back by considering what we know about animals. The research is ongoing, but has led to countries adopting laws to improve the welfare of animals. The course in no way endorses vegetarianism or veganism, nor does it support any religious or ideological stance beyond suggesting that if we are to place animals in certain situations that we should consider animal welfare for what remains of their life.

Weaknesses: Some of the issues raised and imagery may result in folks reconsidering their stance on animal welfare.

Conclusion: I really enjoyed this course. It also led to many interesting conversations in the course forums. I actually learned a few things during this course as well. I recommend this course for folks with an appreciation and/or curiosity about animals and government policy.

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