Teaching Resources

Recommended Readings (Articles and Book Chapters)

Moral Theory


The "Dominant" Approaches

Responses & Alternatives to the "Dominant Approaches"

Virtue Theory

Animal Minds, Agency, & Moral Status

Applied Topics

Abortion and Animals

Animal Research

Entertainment & Sport

Feminism and Animals

Religion and Animals

Recommended Videos

Animal Minds

Animal Rights Theory (Tom Regan)

Animal Experimentation

Eating Animals


Legal Rights

Speciesism & Equality


Service Learning with Animals

ENGAGED PHILOSOPHY is a site that gives faculty and students tools to implement activist or service projects in philosophy classes—assignment guidelines, sample projects, and testimonials and data supporting civic engagement results. For animal-specific project ideas, see this page.

One model for a service learning course: Taking Animals Seriously, by Kathie Jenni at the University of Redlands. "A four week long internship at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah that is grounded in study of the history, issues, philosophies, and strategies of the animal welfare movement. One and one half days per week are devoted to class time; the remaining three and one half days each week are devoted to full time work in all aspects of the Sanctuary: cleaning, feeding and watering, socializing with and exercising animals, veterinary care, adoption services, humane education, and community outreach. Students may specialize in one facet of animal care during their final two weeks." Jenni has written about the course in this volume.



Cognition and Minds

The Environment

Introduction to Animal Ethics


Practical Applications


Society and Culture