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From 29 June 2003 Issue

New Course Will Examine Status of Animals in Society

Students at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Maryland will examine the moral and legal status of animals in contemporary society in the first of a new series of classes that will begin in September.

“Animals and Society” will explore the sociological, historical, economic, philosophical and public policy issues that ultimately determine society's treatment of animals. Instructors Brenda Fick of CCBC and Kim Stallwood of the Institute for Animals and Society will focus on the use of animals in factory farming, medical research, hunting and trapping, and the entertainment industry.

The class is one of four in a series designed for animal rescue workers, grassroots activists, and others who want to learn more about animal issues. Other classes will compare racism, sexism and speciesism, as well as focus on advanced leadership in the animal advocacy movement.

“The IAS’s mission is to advance animal advocacy issues within public policy through research, education and foster cooperation with other social movements,” says Stallwood, executive director of the Baltimore-based organization. “Our partnership with CCBC exemplifies the successful fulfillment of that mission.”

Upon completion of the four-class series, students will receive 12 credit hours and a certificate. Students may take one or more of the classes as they choose. Plans are under way to make the classes available on line through distance-learning technology.

For more information, contact Kim W. Stallwood at the Institute for Animals and Society at (410) 675-4566.

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