Research Papers on Animal Rights & Zoology

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  • Zoo Visits and Changing Attitudes of Children

    10 pages in length. The purpose of this proposal is to examine the change in attitude of children who are told the truth about why animals live in zoos. Exposure to animals within a zoo setting is typically the first association children have with species beyond the domestic dog and cat. Giving them a truthful understanding of why wild animals are held in captivity for human enjoyment even though it serves as a tremendous detriment to the animal's physical and psychological well being is the first step in getting children interested in the humane treatment of animals at a very young age. Expectations of this qualitative research questionnaire include a change in attitude from the zoo being a fun place to see wild animals to one of sadness that wild animals are forced to live unhappy lives in unnatural surroundings just so people to look at them. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Eating Pets: Research Proposal

    10 pages in length. Nothing can be considered a definite wrong when it exists within the confines of a cultural or religious reality. Despite the fact that other cultures or religions do not condone the particular practice - sometimes even condemning it to barbaric behavior as in the case of cannibalism - this incongruity in lifestyle does not automatically make it wrong. Distasteful, loathsome or regrettable perhaps but not inherently wrong by the standards under which it exists. Such is the case with eating pets - typically defined as dogs and cats - and the uproar it creates in countries like the United States where such activity is considered abominable; for others like the Pilipino, consuming dog is as commonplace as it is for Americans to eat livestock. India, with its universal reverence toward cows, is repulsed by the thought of devouring such a sacred animal. In short, the reason it is acceptable to eat animals like cows and sheep in some countries yet consisted wrong to eat dogs or cats in others is because the same animal is not given the same value in all cultures or religions. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Cons Of Animal Testing

    7 pages in length. The writer provides a research proposal and extended report pertaining to the cons of animal testing. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Becoming A Veterinarian

    4 pages in length. Some people believe that being a veterinarian is more challenging than becoming a human doctor in light of the many different animal species diagnosed and treated by that single individual. Indeed, the extent to which becoming a veterinarian is both rigorous and rewarding underscores the basic motivation behind the desire to take this career path; that it requires the combined elements of unwavering commitment to animal welfare and sound business sense speaks to the unique duality of this profession. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • In Praise of Wolves by R.D. Lawrence Reviewed

    This is a 3 page review of R.D. Lawrence’s “In Praise of Wolves”. Spanish born R.D. Lawrence lives on a 100-acre wilderness farm in Haliburton Highlands, 170 km north of Toronto, Ontario and has written over 29 books on nature and wildlife. In the spring of 1983, Lawrence and his wife traveled to Ishpeming in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan to study an untamed but captive pack of wild wolves and compared their behavior to those he had previously studied in the wild and with the two wolf cubs which he himself had raised. During the study and his use of other studies he has conducted on packs in the wild, Lawrence often contradicts other scientific theories in that he proposes that in many ways, wolves in the wild provide a much closer study and comparison to human behavior than do many studies on primates, considered humans’ closest natural relatives. In addition, Lawrence through the use of biological, sociological and psychological comparisons is not afraid to apply human terms to wolves in the text. Instead, Lawrence has found that in many ways, humans could learn from wolf behavior in terms of their handling of aggression (as opposed to the human emotion of anger) and stress in the wild. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • History and Ecology of the Chimpanzee

    5 pages in length. When one considers the chimpanzee, the first thing that comes to mind for many is the effort put forth by wildlife observer Jane Goodall. The extent to which Goodall studied wild chimpanzees has provided both the scientific and lay communities with a significantly better understanding of their ecology, as well as a clearer picture of their historical evolution as a species. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Making Hunting A Deviant Behavior

    6 pages in length. Society is filled with activities not readily classified as deviant within the scope of acceptance when enough people consider them "normal" by cultural standards. The United States - which may have more routine actions deemed normal than other countries because of its multicultural composition - relishes the "sport" of boxing where men purposely inflict pain and injury upon one another to determine who is the best. Americans also enjoy taking the lives of other animals in the name of recreation and then displaying the stuffed anatomy as an example of man's superiority and prowess. The two activities have only one difference: people can decide to put themselves in harms way while animals cannot, an ethical and environmental connotation that demands hunting be deemed deviant. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Massachusetts' Inhumane Racing of Greyhounds

    5 pages in length. Greyhound racing in Massachusetts is one of the state's most popular and revenue-driven events. The excitement mirrors that of a horse track where bettors become as involved in the sport's politics as they do in the wagers. On the surface, one might not think that greyhound racing is anything but a fun activity for both dog and spectator, but one would not be privy to the gruesome reality behind the inhumane sport, where it is the residual effect of racing that proves most detrimental to the dogs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses

    A 3 page essay that describes the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and then addresses the topics of recommendations for areas of weakness and feasibility of enforcement. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Feasibility of Sign Language Learning by Gorillas

    A 7 page paper on the possibility that gorillas can learn sign language for communicating. Koko the gorilla is the main subject behind the theory that gorillas can learn to sign. While other primates have been studied the main subject of concern is the gorilla. It is maintained that gorillas do learn and comprehend sign language. A bibliography including 10 references follows.

  • Northeast's Gray Wolf and Its Endangered Status

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of this endangered species and provides a discussion on reintroduction in the Northeast. A brief history of this animal as well as a description of its physical needs are included. Recommendations are made. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Endangered Species Northern Swift Fox

    5 pages in length. Cat-like in appearance yet every bit a member of the dog family, the northern swift fox may have borrowed an extra life or two from its feline counterpart. Its bonafide extinction from Canada earlier this century was met with considerable vigor throughout the past two decades, as reintroduction efforts have returned hundreds of foxes to the wild. The writer discusses scientific name, habitat, breeding and feeding habits, as well as endangered status as they relate to the northern swift fox. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Different Perspectives on Tigers

    A 5 page paper that considers the two differing perspectives on tigers that have been argued during the call to place them on the endangered species list. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Organizational Behavior and PepsiCo

    A 12 page research paper that offers an overview of organizational behavior. First of all, it offers an overview of the some topics encompassed by this field, and then it discusses organizational behavior further by offering a comprehensive company profile and investigating what literature concerning this company, i.e., PepsiCo, reveals about its corporate culture and typical organizational behavior. The emphasis in the paper is on diversity. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Jane Goodall and Females as Biological Creative Agents

    (8 pp) Women have readily been acknowledged as creative agents in a biological sense. It is only within the last fifty years that women have been acknowledged for the full range of creativity which they have, and are able to access. Jane Goodall is one of those women who has creatively followed her original dream, and dared to dream beyond it. Many of Goodall's own words are used to give a true sense of this unique individual. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Additional references are included for studnet use.

  • Against Animal Cruelty

    This 15 page paper argues that people who abuse animals find ways to justify their actions; it also suggests a link between human and animal abuse. It also argues that there is no reason to continue testing on animals in the hope of curing human disease. Finally, it discusses dogfighting, cockfighting and pet overpopulation as examples of animal abuse. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Difference Between Human and Non-Human Animals

    This 5 page paper explores the consciousness of animals as well as their rights. Do animals have souls? People are divided in terms of thought when it comes to the fate of animals. Ideas from Descartes and Freud are compared. Darwinism is discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Abuse Of Innocence: Animal Cruelty

    3 pages in length. Animal cruelty is an extension of humanity's unwillingness to extend compassion and respect to the entire kingdom of sentient creatures. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Entertainment Industry and Animal Cruelty

    11 pages in length. Animals provide a significant supply of goods for human beings, not the least of which supports man's entertainment needs. However, in spite of all the various ways animals serve mankind, there has historically been little thought given to their own right to existence, having always been considered little more than a disposable commodity. Whether it is the issue of hunting, circuses, zoos or racing, animals have long provided -- and will likely continue to provide -- humanity with some of its most basic requirements, all at the cost of the animal's own life. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Legally Protecting Animals in Arizona

    5 pages in length. The pursuit for animal protective legislation has been an ongoing – if not frustrating – quest for virtually every American society; while significant inroads have been made in many national communities where such atrocities as cockfighting, animal abuse/cruelty felony status and pet shop conditions are concerned, there is still a long way to go before animals – including everything from livestock to wild horses to stray dogs and cats – are truly protected by comprehensive laws. Phoenix, Arizona is leading the country in this pursuit, having enacted a number of animal protective statutes to help curb the prevalence of abuse, cruelty and neglect. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Two Classical Era Ethical Theorists on Animal Experimentation

    6 pages in length. The ethical nature of animal experimentation has long been debated as to whether or not it stands as a necessary element for humanity. After all, the primary -- if not only -- reason animals are utilized in laboratory tests is to further the interests of mankind, often without the least bit of concern for the animals who forfeit their lives in exchange for medical, cosmetic and household product advancements. Classical ethics theorists Emile Durkheim and Immanual Kant may have had similar viewpoints on some issues, but when it came to concerns over the ethical fortitude of animal experimentation, the writer discusses how Durkheim would have befriended the animals' plight long before Kant would have, who adopted a utilitarian concept. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • White Tailed Deer

    A 4 page paper which examines the white tailed deer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Evolutionary History of the Tuatara

    An evolutionary history of the tuatara consists of six pages and focuses on the reasons for its particular evolutionary progression. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Animal Testing In Cosmetic Labs

    8 pages in length. Human vanity - a most distasteful characteristic of mankind - is only surpassed in its enormity by the level of insensitivity required to inflict painful "safety" tests on defenseless animals to make sure cosmetic products are not dangerous for people to use. The irony of such reality is quite telling, inasmuch as man - who holds the position of steward over the animal kingdom - is meant to protect and oversee rather than maim and torture. Add to this the fact that researchers continue to use archaic methods for cosmetic testing when viable alternatives to live animal usage currently exists illustrates how some of the human race must harbor latent power issues if they choose to continue inflicting such unnecessary suffering. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Animal Testing

    A 3 page paper which argues against animal testing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Conservation and Whales

    A 12 page paper describing the plight of the whales at the hands of humans. The writer describes the history of whaling, why it is important to conserve whales, and other human threats to whales. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • History and Ecology of the Chimpanzee

    5 pages in length. When one considers the chimpanzee, the first thing that comes to mind for many is the effort put forth by wildlife observer Jane Goodall. The extent to which Goodall studied wild chimpanzees has provided both the scientific and lay communities with a significantly better understanding of their ecology, as well as a clearer picture of their historical evolution as a species. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Human Behavior and “Chimpanzee Politics”

    This 13 page paper takes the book “Chimpanzee Politics” by Frans de Waal as a springboard for answering five questions about the chimps described in the book, and how their behavior can be related to human behavior. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • “Chimpanzee Politics” and Human Behavior

    This 10 page paper takes the book “Chimpanzee Politics” by Frans de Waal as a springboard for answering five questions about the chimps described in the book, and how their behavior can be related to human behavior. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Endangered Species Bald Eagles

    A 4 page paper which examines why the bald eagle is an endangered species. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Bald Eagles No Longer Endangered

    This 3 page paper uses the definition essay to determine whether or not the bald eagle is an endangered species. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Overview of the Bottlenose Dolphin

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of the dolphin, its behavior with humans and its general behavior. Specifics about the mammal are provided and information about feeding, migration and reproduction is included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Endangered Species the Indiana Bat

    9 pages in length. Like all other species on the endangered list, the Indiana bat is fighting for its very existence. Due to man's encroachment – sometimes accidental, oftentimes blatant and deliberate – this particular type of bat is struggling to uphold its precarious place upon the life chain. Perhaps it is the uniqueness of this species that has caused it to become endangered, or maybe it is because mankind still does not understand the consequential impact his actions have in a synergistic sense to the ecosystem as a whole. No matter the cause, the Indiana bat – who was placed upon the endangered species list in 1967 due to a population decrease of a full fifty percent since the 1930s – is being helped by the establishment of protective reserves and legal enforcement. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Overview of Killer Whales

    7 pages in length. The writer offers a comprehensive overview of the killer whale, including habitat, activity cycle, reproductive characteristics, unique adaptations and behaviors, social structure and threats to survival. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • History of the Komodo Dragon

    A 5 page paper which examines the history and existence of the komodo dragon. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • California Mountain Lion

    A 6 page overview of the California Mountain Lion. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Madagascar Wrestles with Conservation

    This 10 page paper discusses the unique wildlife of Madagascar and reveals the many conservation efforts to protect this wildlife. Furthermore, this paper outlines the forces which impede such efforts and why conservation in Madagascar is so important. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Conservation and Madagascar's Lemurs

    8 pages in length. The writer discusses endangerment, extinction and conservation as they relate to the lemurs of Madagascar. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Ethical Perspectives on Factory Farm Raising of Animals for Human Consumption

    In five pages this paper considers the practice of rampant consumerism and mass production of animals for food from an ethical perspective with references made to Peter Singer’s essay “Down on the Factory Farm.” Also discussed are the practices associated with the corporate or factory farming of pigs, chicken, cattle, and dairy cows as well the role advertising plays in influencing individual eating habits. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Overview of Giant Panda

    A 4 page paper which examines the fragile position of the Giant Panda today. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Stephen Jay Gould Panda's Thumb

    This 5 page paper reviews this intriguing collection of essays by the controversial scientist Stephen Jay Gould. Evolution is discussed. No additional sources cited.

  • Giant Pandas and River Otters

    A 6 page paper which examines the giant panda and river otter, two endangered species. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Pros and Cons of Animal Testing

    This 3 page paper discusses the pros and cons of using animals in tests for products and medicines intended for ultimate human use. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Tropical Forests and Wildlife Vocal Communication

    This 4 page paper examines vocal communication in tropical forests. This theme is illustrated through the discussion of vocal communication for monkeys, birds, and other wildlife. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Volunteerism in the Assistance of Dogs

    This 5 page paper begins by looking at the philosophy of volunteerism and quickly turns to the specifics of helping dogs. Problems with shelters are carefully examined and recommendations made. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ecology and Biology of Zebra Mussels

    This 7 page research paper describes the arrival of zebra mussels on the North American continent as well as some projected figures for their spread. The writer describes the biology of these small, inedible shell fish and then explains some of the negative effects they can have on aquatic systems. Since phytoplankton and detritus consumed by tiny animals called zooplankton which in turn are eaten by small fish and these small fish by larger fish, biologists seem concerned that zebra mussels' tendency to eat the same items could damage established food chains by removing needed energy from its bottom level. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Mt. Diablo, California's Habitation of Wild Boar

    A 7 page paper that presents the issues of wild boar habitation on the Diablo Range, especially Mount Diablo, in central California. This paper presents the issues relative to vegetation destruction caused by the wild boar and suggests a number of ways in which to address these issues to support environmental efficacy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Whales, Can They Be Saved?

    A 7 page paper discussing the environmental impact of whaling. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Worldwide Whaling Practices

    This 3 page paper examines the issue of international whaling practices, the regulations, as well as the impact on several nations throughout the world. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • A Position Against Animal Experimentation

    In 5 pages, the author takes a position against animal experimentation, presenting three reasons for this stance. Animal experimentation is unnecessary. It is unethical. It is morally wrong. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Argument Against the Aesthetic Use of Animal Fur

    A 2 page essay arguing against the fur trade and the human use of furs for aesthetic purposes. Author sees moral reasons for cessation as outweighing any economic ones for continuance. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Wolves and Their Social Biology

    A 25 page research paper on wolves, their social biology, etc; The writer discusses various types of wolves, how they travel in packs, survive as predators, and so froth. Canis Lupis (Common wolf), gray wolves, and red wolves are among the many types discussed. The writer is also concerned with the evolutionary biology of wolves and other relevant issues. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris

    A 5 page analysis of the ground-breaking study by Desmond Morris. In this book, Morris, a zoologist, approaches the study of human behavior as he might analyze any other species. It's an intriguing perspective that has gained a wide acceptance among scientists since The Naked Ape was first punished in 1967 and Morris uses this perspective to give considerable insight into human behavior. No additional sources cited.

  • Spain and Ivory

    This 6 page paper traces the history of use of Ivory in Spain. The way in which it is used as well as trading practices are considered. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Grief and Animals

    6 pages in length. The writer discusses how the ability to adapt to one's existence may be the very key to understanding -- and therefore accepting -- the fact that animals do, indeed, possess the ability to mourn the passing of their own kind. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Overview of the Grizzly Bear

    10 pages in length. The writer discusses distribution, habitat, feeding habits, seasonal activities, reproduction, reasons for decline and conservation/management aspects as they relate to the grizzly bear. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Call of the Wild Still Calls

    A 5 page paper that analyzes the concepts of animal intelligence and primeval memory presented by Jack London's 1903 novel The Call of The Wild and compares these concepts with the forces behind the modern Animal Rights Movement as well as the Feminist Movement. Included are views on the relationship between humans and animals as expressed by feminist leaders and by ecologists and rights activists. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Stray Dog Retrieval

    5 pages in length. What is your first instinct when you see a stray dog on the road? Assume he knows where he is going? Hope someone else stops to help him? Interrupt your plans and rescue the dog? If you decide the latter, what will you do with him once you get him? The writer discusses that as urgent as medical care is for an injured animal, knowing how to correctly retrieve a dog from a precarious situation will help to not only benefit the animal but also ensure the rescuer remains uninjured, as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

 

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