Ethics and zoology

Buckeridge, J 2004, 'Ethics and zoology', Acta Zoologica Sinica, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 834-840.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Ethics and zoology
Author(s) Buckeridge, J
Year 2004
Journal name Acta Zoologica Sinica
Volume number 50
Issue number 5
Start page 834
End page 840
Total pages 6
Publisher Science Press
Abstract Ethics involves the application of morality in a professional setting; in light of this, the teaching of ethics is mandatory in professional degrees such as engineering and medicine. To date it is not a mandatory component of most science curricula. This begs the question: is science a profession? If it is, do scientists such as zoologists need to understand the ethical framework and constructs within which they function? Zoologists are currently enjoying considerable media exposure-much of it involving how we treat animals and how (or whether) we carry out genetic engineering. There is however much more, from an ethical perspective, to a practising zoologist than these two issues. This paper examines these,and assesses the need and potential for inclusion of ethics within the zoological sciences curriculum. It is contended that zoologists are professionals, and are increasingly asked to make decisions that have the potential to significantly alter our environment. In light of this, all practicing zoologists must have a clear understanding of ethical constructs, and an ability to make ethically informed decisions. This has far reaching consequences on the way in which we teach zoology, and the manner in which we ensure continuing professional development of zoologists.
Subject Ethical Theory
Keyword(s) ethics
zoology
Copyright notice © 2004 Acta Zoologica Sinica
ISSN 0001-7302
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