In this week’s Discussion, you and your fellow classmates will tackle the question of animal rights. Students often find this topic challenging since it can call them to question their own view of animals and how they should or should not be treated.
- Do you believe animals have rights and do you believe people have an obligation to protect those rights?
- If you believe animals have rights, what are these rights? If you do not believe animals have rights, are there reasons people should protect them from abuse? Explain your position using ethical reasoning and/or theory.
Discussion Topic: Policies and Organizational Culture
In preparation for this week’s Discussion, your ethical principles will be tested with a short case study where Duke’s Fuqua School of Business was under scrutiny in the manner it addressed the ten percent of MBA Program learners of cheating on a take home test. Another college from New Jersey had a similar incident with its Chinese-based MBA Program learners for plagiarism. Read the Test Your Principles, Exhibit 12.3, page 361, article in your text and respond to the following questions:
- If you were asked to serve as an Ethics Review Arbitrator, what decision would you have rendered in support of the Duke University MBA Program learners’ issue? The Centenary College Chinese MBA Program?
- In support of your ruling as Ethics Review Arbitrator, explain your key reasons for your decision.
Animal Rights and Policies and Organizational Culture paper-HU245
Topic one: animal rights
Just like human beings, animals have their rights, and I totally believe that we all have a moral obligation to respect animal rights. Animal rights are the idea that some if not all non- human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests such as the need to avoid suffering should be afforded to them. Some of the most common animal rights in the world today include:
- Right to life – killing animals for food or fur for that matter in a cruel way is totally infringing their rights. They have a right to life, and we should not kill them.
- Right to hygiene – animals ranging from pets to other animals we keep for our own benefit should be kept and placed in a clean environment. Keeping them in unhygienic places puts them at a risk of dying or contracting a disease(Spring, 2016).
- Protection from suffering – it is a moral obligation for humans not to put animals through much pain through beating them or overusing them.
Part 2: Policies and organization culture
Ethics presents a moral principle which governs a person or groups behavior. To be fair to these groups of students while at the same time working on an ethical basis, I would give these students a chance to redo their assignment as well as punish them appropriately through the set standards by the respective universities to discourage such behavior from other students (Harriss, 2015). One of the ethical principles calls for fairness and to be fair, in this case, the students need to be punished as well as be given another shot on the assignment and this time they should not cheat.
Harriss, D. J. (2015). Ethical standards in sport and exercise science research: 2016 update. . International journal of sports medicine, 36(14), , 1121-1124.
Spring, J. (2016). A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World. Political Studies Review, 14(1), , 69-69.