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Animal Ethics/Animal Rights/Animal Welfare

Resources for locating information on animal ethics, animal rights, and animal welfare. Last updated: 2/7/24.

Getting Started

This guide is a starting point for those searching for information on animal ethics, animal rights, and animal welfare. The following is an incomplete list of keywords that can be helpful when searching for information. If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Andrea Kepsel, Animal Science Librarian, at

Animals - Law and Legislation

Animals - Philosophy

Animals - Research

Animals - Social Aspects

Animals - Treatment

Animal Behavior

Animal Cognition

Animal Experimentation

Animal Experimentation - Moral and Ethical Aspects

Animal Industry

Animal Industry - Law and Legislation

Animal Industry - Moral and Ethical Aspects

Animal Intelligence

Animal Liberation

Animal Rescue

Animal Rights

Animal Rights Activists

Animal Rights Movement

Animal Rights Organizations

Animal Rights - Philosophy

Animal Use Alternatives

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare - Moral and Ethical Aspects

Animal Welfare - Law and Legislation

Domestic Animals

Emotions in Animals

Endangered Species

Food Animals

Food of Animal Origin

Human-Animal Relationships - Moral and Ethical Aspects

Humane Education

Hunting - Moral and Ethical Aspects

Hunting - Philosophy

Laboratory Animals


Pets - Moral and Ethical Aspects


Vegetarianism - Moral and Ethical Aspects