Friday, September 23, 2016

How do you teach ethics, introduce a new baby to companion animals, do fish feel pain and how to avoid mosquito bites

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How do you teach ethical decision making?

What is ethics and how can we teach it? They’re some of the questions I was asked by Colin Klupiec, host of the education and social issues podcast series, More to the Point. You can listen to the podcast here or subscribe to More to the Point on iTunes.

(This is about 26 minutes so pour yourself a cuppa first).

In other news, Dr Kate Mornemont, animal behaviourist, shared her tips on preparing companion animals for the arrival of a human baby in the household. Read her post here.

If you’re interested in fish, Professor Victoria Braithwaite is giving a public lecture on whether fish feel pain, and if it matters, at the University of Sydney in November. This is the brief:

Fish, with their lack of facial expressions or recognisable communication, are often overlooked when it comes to welfare. Annually, millions of fish are caught on barbed hooks, or left to die by suffocation on the decks of fishing boats – should we be concerned about this?
Victoria Braithwaite explores the question of fish pain and suffering, and explains what we now understand about fish neurobiology and behavior that helps us appreciate how fish perceive and experience their world. Her work has helped her to interact and work with both fishing related industries and with the angling world to discuss and debate the implications of the scientific evidence. She argues that the science indicates fish should be offered similar kinds of protection currently given to birds and mammals.
Registration for the event is free, but you do need to RSVP here.

Finally, my friends and colleagues at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie in Italy put together this public health video about mozzies. It sounds a lot more exciting when spoken in Italian, but this will be of interest to anyone seeking to avoid mozzie bites, or if you’re learning Italian.