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Dianne Owens profile image
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 30 reviews
  • 30 completed
5 years, 3 months ago
Given my appreciation for the MOOCs on offer from The University of Edinburgh and a love of critters, I decided to enroll. It was a terrific introduction to issues of animal welfare, placing the subject into... Given my appreciation for the MOOCs on offer from The University of Edinburgh and a love of critters, I decided to enroll. It was a terrific introduction to issues of animal welfare, placing the subject into context using research into animal cognition and behaviour. It also offered some indications of what different countries are doing about improving animal welfare. By tying all of these elements together, the course offered a solid foundation for further study of the subject.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 86 reviews
  • 77 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
I was very skeptical when I enrolled in this course. I thought it might end up being a bleeding-heart environmentalist course, accusing people of being murderers if they ate meat or enslaving animals if they... I was very skeptical when I enrolled in this course. I thought it might end up being a bleeding-heart environmentalist course, accusing people of being murderers if they ate meat or enslaving animals if they owned pets. I was very glad to learn that my intuition couldn't be more wrong. This is a balanced, interesting, and above all else scientific course about animal welfare that shed light on our relations with the animals under our keep - pets, farm animals, or even zoo animals. The most important take-away in my view is that caring for animal welfare means providing animals with the space and conditions they need to display their normal behavior - apart from some basic essentials like food, shelter and humane treatment. There is no eco-fascism and you won't find environmentalist pseudo-moralist views here. Make no mistake about it, the lectures are scientific in nature. Yet they are engaging and will be extremely interesting for anyone interested in these matters. If the course was a bit longer, it would definitely be worth 5 starts. 5 weeks is a bit short considering the breadth of materials in the lectures. Still, it's highly recommended!
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