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ANS 420: Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture

Topic and Source Exploration Assignment Details

See Canvas for the due date for your class - The assignment should be completed in Word. Please include your name, your instructor's name, and the date in the upper right-hand corner. Upload the completed assignment in Canvas.

There are four parts to this 20-point assignment:

  • a screenshot of your interlibrary loan account
  • selection of a topic and your understanding of the topic
  • identification of a total of 8 sources from 2 categories: background or stakeholder information, and methods or data for assessing well-being or welfare concerns for your animal welfare issue
  • a Literature Cited section with the sources used

More details of this assignment are included below.

Part 1 - Interlibrary Loan Screenshot

Part 1 (1 point) – Include a screenshot of your interlibrary loan account page. It should include your ONID name and look something like this:

Depending on your computer or device you have different options for creating a screenshot:

  • To create a screenshot on a PC, use the snipping tool (find it under the Start menu). Next, in Word choose Paste from the Edit menu to paste the screenshot into your document.
  • On a Mac hold the keys Command, Shift, and 4 at the same time to take a screenshot of the interlibrary loan part of your screen. Next, in Word choose Paste from the Edit menu to paste the screenshot into your document.
  • Or take a picture of your screen with your phone, then paste the picture into Word.

To set up an interlibrary loan account (if you don’t already have one), go to https://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ill/registration  scroll to the bottom, enter your ONID information, and enter your contact information in the form.

Part 2 - Select an Animal Welfare Topic

Part 2 (2 points)

Choose an animal welfare topic you are interested in exploring for your research paper.

1. Write a sentence (or two) stating what the welfare concern might be and how that concern raises an ethical question.

2. Write a sentence explaining your current understanding of this topic.

Part 3 - Searching the Literature

Part 3 – Searching the Literature (10 points)

Find a total of 8 different sources. There are 2 subparts to this section. Please label the two subparts with these labels: Background & Stakeholders and Assessment Methods & Data.

Part 3a - Background & Stakeholders: Search the scholarly or popular literature for background information on why your topic presents a specific welfare concern. You can also search for for major stakeholders with perspectives on why your topic presents a specific welfare concern. The scholarly literature includes original research articles, review articles, and scholarly books. The popular literature includes websites, news reports, magazine articles, or blog posts. Find four sources that provide background evidence as to why your topic presents a welfare concern or that describes stakeholder groups for your topic and the perspective they bring. Write a one-sentence description of the background or stakeholder information presented by each source and include an in-text citation in JAS style for each source.

Example sentence: Environmental stress can generate negative effects on animal health and production thereby representing a significant welfare concern for poultry housed under confinement systems (Williams and Freed, 2013).

Example sentence: The author identified people living in close proximity to poultry production facilities as stakeholders with a significant interest in poultry housing conditions and welfare. Their perspective is largely focused on their own health issues with a secondary interest in the health of the animals (Carol, 2010).

Part 3b - Assessment Methods: Search the scholarly literature for methods and data that assess animal well-being for your topic. The scholarly literature includes original research articles, review articles, and scholarly books. Find four sources that discuss methods for assessing animal well-being or includes data related to your topic. Write a one-sentence description of the method or data presented by each source and include an in-text citation in JAS style for each source.

Example sentence: The authors examined meat quality by measuring carcass traits and breast and drumstick muscles, and they evaluated motory activity and resting behaviors to assess the overall health of poultry reared in different housing environments (Wilson et al., 2014).

Example sentence: The authors suggest that ammonia release by excrement was found at dangerous levels exceeding 75 ppm (Smith and Jones, 2012).

 

Part 4 - Literature Cited Section

Part 4 (7 points)

Create a Literature Cited list using the Journal of Animal Sciences (JAS) citation style. Hint – one place to find out about the JAS citation style is on the library research guide on the Citing tab (http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/ANS420-cite).

Your Literature Cited section should include all eight sources identified in Part 3.

**Alphabetize your reference list just as you would for a typical JAS Literature Cited section.**