M7D1: Four Legged Friends or Foes?

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African Elephants.Introduction

Philosophers Christine Korsgaard and Bonnie Steinbockbelieve that animals do not share the same moral status as humans, though they are deserving of certain rights and considerations. Philosophers Peter Singer and Tom Regan believe that animals share the same moral status as human beings. Ecological feminists believe that no one is truly free, unless all beings are free, including non-human animals. This activity aligns with module outcomes 2 and 4.

Discussion Question

Prepare for your discussion by completing your readings and viewings. Then respond to the following:

  • Which of the positions described above best represents your own and why? What constitutes freedom for non-human animals, specifically? Be detailed about the rights and considerations you believe animals deserve. Specifically, do zoos and circuses hold the same moral weight? Are they unnecessary forms of entertainment? Are hunting and meat-eating morally equivalent?
  • Is it true, as is highlighted in certain pop culture references (please see the Module Notes), that we only love cute animals and eat ugly ones? To what extent is the reference to our hypocrisy accurate or not?

Evaluation Criteria

Your initial post is due by Thursday at 11:59 PM EST. Your responses to other posts are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM EST.

Initial Discussion Post

Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings from the module with proper APA (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. style formatting. You may use additional sources and materials as long as they are relevant to the discussion and cited properly.

For assistance with APA style formatting, visit the Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or the Excelsior OWL (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Responses to Other Posts

After you have submitted your initial discussions, read through the postings of your peers. You must choose and respond to (at least) two of your peers’ discussion posts. The posts you choose to respond to do not necessarily have to be classmates’ initial posts.

Each response to a peer should be (at least) approximately 100 words in length and should contribute to the discussion in progress. All responses to classmates should be substantive. That is, they should go beyond simple agreement or disagreement with classmates’ posts. Responses must be respectful, substantive, and consistent with the expectations for discussion, as stated by the prompt. Please monitor and respond to feedback to your initial discussion thread throughout the module. You must reply to your classmates’ postings within the designated due dates for the discussion activity. Please direct any questions you may have to your instructor.

See the Course Calendar for due dates for posts and responses.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”

This is a “post first” discussion forum. You must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.

Evaluation

This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 30% of your final course grade.

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