AP402 Farm Animal Welfare

Course Description

Nearly 31 million farmed animals are slaughtered each day in the United States for human consumption. This course examines the impact of industrial animal agribusiness practices on animal welfare, the environment, human health, and community sustainability. The course explores the implications of science and ethics for farm animal policy. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify factory farming’s impacts on farm animals and their welfare
  • Explain the basic tenets, methodologies, and goals of farm animal welfare science
  • Recognize the interconnectedness amongst farm animal welfare, ethics, and science in discussing the production of meat, eggs, and milk

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Farm Animals and the Meat, Egg and Dairy Industries
  • Introduction to the Science of Farm Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behavior and the Psychological Well-being of Farm Animals
  • Productivity and Farm Animal Welfare
  • The Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Human Health
  • The Impacts of Animal Agriculture on the Environment and Rural Communities
  • Emerging Issues in Farm Animal Policy
  • The Future of Farm Animal Welfare in Animal Agriculture

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Benson GJ and Rollin BE (eds.). 2004. The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions (Ames, Iowa: Blackwell Publishing).