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HAS Courses in France

This is a list of colleges and universities in France which provide courses in Human-Animal Studies.  This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the course that the instructor will be covering.

Université Rennes 2

Animal Rights in Britain

Emilie Dardenne

Animal rights are basically the rights to humane treatment claimed on behalf of animals. Britain was the first country in the world to grant animals such rights and to implement laws protecting them from cruel treatment. In 1822 an Act to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle was passed by Parliament. It made it a crime to treat a handful of domesticated animals – cattle, oxen, horses, and sheep – cruelly or to inflict unnecessary suffering upon them. The recent legislative history of the country attests to the same continuing concern, as encapsulated in the highly publicised Hunting Act (2004) which banned hunting wild mammals with dogs. Issues in the scientific and ethical fields have also been articulated with an urgency and an originality that seem singularly British. The most significant works impacting these disciplines were probably Jeremy Bentham’s ideas on the sentience of animals in Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789), Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking ideas published in The Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), Henry Stephens Salt’s Animal Rights Considered in Relation to Human Progress (1892), and the works of the Oxford Group who launched the animal liberation movement (1970s). The recent heated debates on live exports and animal testing, or in the legislative moves aiming to protect animals without hindering scientific research or agricultural production also bear witness to the magnitude of the debate. This course provides an examination of important works, ideas and figures of the animal rights movement in Britain, especially in the field of ethics.

Introduction aux Etudes Animales

Emilie Dardenne