TopLinks: Ethics

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals exists to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty, and alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals. Click here to read more about animal rescue missions, animal abuse and rights, and pet adoption.

Amnesty International
The official site of Amnesty International provides a wealth of information on capital punishment, all in the context of human rights abuses in general. An excellent site.
Devoted to keeping "values connected to progress," allows you to search current and past issues for articles on genetics, cloning, bioethics and Hollywood, and many more aspects of bioethics.

Death Penalty Information Center
Selected as The Legal Times' Site of the Week, this site provides extensive statistical information on more than a dozen topics including women and juveniles on death row, race factors, costs of execution, the question of deterrence, and state by state information.

This databank for European codes of journalistic ethics includes a listing of the official codes for over twenty countries, providing an opportunity to see what different societies regard as the most pressing ethical issues.
This is an enormous anti-euthanasia site addressing legal, medical, and religious concerns.

Family Research Council: Human Life and Bioethics
A dedicated proponent of “marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy," the Family Research Council features on its site a blog and numerous resources advocating its position on such issues as women's health, stem-cell research, and abortion.

Free Will: Evolution and Morality
In this edition of “Free Will,” a recurring feature on, Will Wilkinson of the Cato Institute talks with philosopher Geoffrey Sayre-McCord about what relevance—if any—evolutionary theory has for morality.

Frontline: The Torture Question
The PBS documentary program Frontline offers this companion site to its episode on torture. The multimedia site examines the U.S. use of torture in the war on terror and features in-depth analysis of interrogation policies, commentary from legal and political experts, and suggested readings and resources.

In Our Time: Altruism
In this “In Our Time” broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Richard Dawkins, Miranda Fricker, John Dupré discuss the apparent tension between altruism and evolutionary theory. The site also features responses to the broadcast from readers and a suggested reading list on the topic, including extensive suggestions on the philosophical background of the issues, especially in the writings of Hume and Kant.

National Institutes of Health: Bioethics Resources on the Web
The National Institutes of Health provides a compilation of annotated links related to bioethics on this page of its site. The well-organized page is categorized into broad research and resource areas as well as specific research topics.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
PETA is an important animal rights organization that aims to protect the rights of all animals. Its site offers information about cruelty toward farm and circus animals, animal experimentation, and direct-action campaigns; it also provides useful statistical information on various issues.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
The ERLC "is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention that is dedicated to addressing social and moral concerns and their implications on public policy issues from City Hall to Congress."

The Institute for Global Ethics
An "independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan organization" working to raise public consciousness about ethics in a global context. This site works to create an on-line think tank on ethical teaching, business practices and government. Monthly “Ethical Dilemmas” provide an opportunity for users to test their own practical ethicality, and then consider the issues raised by the dilemma.

The Privacy Foundation
The Privacy Foundation exists to educate the public, in part by conducting research into communications technologies and services that may pose a threat to personal privacy. This site features a glossary, links to related Web sites, news, and information on workplace surveillance and individuals' privacy rights.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer education, research, and advocacy program. This searchable site features FAQs, links to related Web sites, information on identity theft and financial and internet privacy, and privacy cases.

Ethics Resource Center
The Ethics Resource Center is a nonpartisan research group that shares resources designed to promote ethical practices. Resources on the site include an Ethics Toolkit, research updates, and discussion guides for business executives.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is an international organization dedicated to the protection of human rights worldwide. Their objective is to give voice to the oppressed who aren’t able to speak for themselves and to bring attention to issues of rights violations. Past campaigns include domestic violence prevention, investigating drug detention centers in Southern Vietnam, and healthcare for women and girls in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

The Right Thing
The Right Thing is a syndicated weekly column about ethics, written by Jeffrey Seglin. The column takes a look at different real-life dilemmas each week, dissecting the ethics involved. Past columns have dealt with issues ranging from whether to disclose pregnancy and whether it is ethical for wedding photographers to pay for customer referrals.

University of Miami Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
This site gives guidelines for animal use in research, and presents some alternatives. There are a number of helpful links as well.