The Ethics of Animal Experimentation – Call for chapters ICAS

The Ethics of Animal experimentation: Working towards a change paradigm change

Institute for Critical Animal Studies

Call for Book Chapter Contributions
The Ethics of Animal experimentation: Working towards a change paradigm change
Editors: Kathrin Herrmann and Kimberley Jayne

Deadline for abstract: January 31st 2016

Even though nonhuman animals are used for a variety of different purposes, their use in research particularly has remained an ethical challenge. It is evident that nonhuman animals in laboratories are exposed to a great deal of physical and psychological suffering, and that the use of animals in research is growing internationally.

Arguably, legal reforms around the world have insufficiently improved the protection of nonhuman animals. However, Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes in the European Union is radical compared to other legislation. The Directive promotes a change of paradigm in nonhuman animal experimentation in establishing a goal of the full replacement of the use of live animals in research and education as soon as it is scientifically feasible (Recital 10).

Building on the radical vision of Directive 2010/63/EU, this book aims to illustrate the current situation for nonhuman animals used in science and aims to give a future outlook to the end of their use in research. Besides exploring the current ethical challenges and scientific controversies related to animal experimentation, this Volume aims to discuss ways to work towards a fundamental change of paradigm. We invite contributions from interdisciplinary scholars who share a vision for how this abolition of animal research can be achieved. The goal is to find solutions for this urging problem that are led by a culture of compassion for all animals.

List of recommended topics (but not limited to):
• The legal framework: history, present and future prospects for an end of nonhuman animal use in science
• The culture of language around the use of animals in research
• The efficacy of the ‘Culture of Care’ incl. Refinement
• Methods for assessing the quality of animal research (e.g. ARRIVE guidelines)
• The politics of nonhuman animal experimentation
• Transparency that benefits animals versus transparency that appeases the public and inhibits potential scrutiny and outrage (e.g. UK Concordat)
• The capabilities and boundaries of public engagement
• The psychological and social implications for animal research staff
• The consequences of education and training using animals
• The 3Rs – what is in it for the nonhuman nonhuman animals
• The connection/intersection between testing on humans and nonhuman animals
• The challenges for the change of paradigm

Please submit your abstract (max. 500 words) and short bio (max. 150 words) to Kathrin Herrmann ( or Kimberely Jayne ( by January 31st 2016. Acceptance of submitted papers will be based upon relevance, quality and originality. Notification of acceptance : March 15th 2016.

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CFP: Philosophical Ecologies: Considerations of the Animal, the Vegetal and the Environmental

Philosophical Ecologies: Considerations of the Animal, the Vegetal and the Environmental

23rd Annual DePaul University Graduate Student Conference

February 12-13, 2016

DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Call for submissions – Deadline: December 1, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Willett, Emory University

Recent research in interspecies ethics, the place of plant life, and conceptions of the environmental testifies to escalating concerns regarding the insufficiency of existing interrogations into the historical privileging of some forms of life over others. These concerns emerge from a long history of global injustices that have resulted in environmental degradation as well as marginalization of both human and nonhuman populations through such practices as speciation, colonization, feminization, criminalization and dehumanization. This conference highlights the particularly urgent need for more rigorously articulated philosophies of the animal, the vegetal, and the environmental and seeks to reconsider conceptual boundaries between natural and artificial spaces and concepts of life. Topics of interest may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • environmental, animal, or food ethics
  • conceptions of animal, plant, and human life
  • eco-feminism
  • theoretical, political, and/or historical distinctions between the human and the nonhuman
  • environmental politics and policy
  • rights discourse and its application to nonhuman others
  • nature and the polis
  • colonization and environmental exploitation
  • eco-affectivity and interspecies attunements
  • intergenerational environmentalism
  • ethology and communication in animal and plant life
  • environmental aesthetics
  • dehumanization and oppression

Submissions from any area of study addressing these topics are welcome. Papers should be limited to 3,000 words and prepared for blind review. Please include name, university affiliation, and submission title in the body of your email, and send all submissions and inquires to:

Conference – Animal Rights, Human Rights, and the Future of the Planet

Animal Rights, Human Rights, and the Future of the Planet

Room Leacock 219 –Université McGill
855 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest,Montréal,QC H3A 0C4

Organisée par le Centre de Recherche en Éthique CRE) – axe Éthique et environnement

Conférences (en anglais) de :
Carter Dillard, director of litigation with the Animal Legal Defense Fund
Stephanie Feldstein
, population and sustainability director with the Center for Biological Diversity

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le cre logoThere are more than 7 billion people in the world today and approximately 56 billion land animals raised and slaughtered for food each year. Both of those numbers are quickly rising. Population growth and meat consumption are some of the leading causes of the current mass extinction crisis, putting humans on the path to replacing other species with ourselves and the domesticated animals we eat, decimating what remains of our once biodiverse planet. And yet, environmentalists rarely mention either. Livestock are often bred in cruel factory farms, occupy more than 25 percent of the earth, use one-third of arable land for their feed, and are responsible for massive amounts of water use and greenhouse gas emissions, making meat production and consumption one of the most inhumane and devastating industries on the planet – not only for farm animals, but for the wildlife and environment they impact. As world population and globalization continue to grow, so will the demand for animal products.

Meanwhile, due in large part to our explosive growth and voracious appetites, wildlife species are going extinct at the fastest rate since the time of the dinosaurs and climate change is threatening life on this earth as we know it. Yet the topics of population growth and overconsumption – particularly of animal products – is usually left out of conversations in law schools and the legal academy and among environmental groups, activists, and the media. All of this raises crucial questions that are rarely asked: Why are we, and the animals we eat, replacing other species on earth? Is the animal rights movement really progressing given the ongoing mass extinction of other species? Has the environmental movement failed given the prospects for extinction, anthropogenic climate change, and other environmental crises? How do human rights play into these issues, if at all? Can we rethink our most basic moral and legal norms to prevent the degradation of our world? Why aren’t more people talking about population growth and animal agriculture, and can we really do anything about it?

The speakers will discuss the vital connections between animal agriculture, human population growth, environmental protection, and systems of rights – both human and animal. They will explain how to use this synergy – along with advocacy, creativity, and legal action – to get beyond the stigma and taboo that usually keep population growth and our diets out of conversations and they will suggest legal reforms and practical ways for each of us to create a better future for all species.


Le cre CarterCarter Dillard is Director of Litigation with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Carter began his career as an Honors Program appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice and later served as a legal advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in the National Security Law Division. He holds a B.A. from Boston College, a J.D., Order of the Coif and with honors, from Emory University, and an LL.M. from New York University. Carter has written over a dozen articles, including peer-reviewed pieces, on animal protection and human population ethics, founded the organization which promotes smaller and more loving families, and he currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Population Ethics: Theory and Practice research project at the University of Oxford. You can learn more about ALDF’s work to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system at

le cre stephaneStephanie Feldstein is Population and Sustainability Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. Stephanie leads the Center’s work to highlight and address threats to endangered species and wild places from runaway human population growth and overconsumption. Previously Stephanie worked for, where she helped hundreds of people start and win online campaigns to save wildlife and other animals. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and has years of experience in organizing, outreach and communications, with a focus on animal and environmental protection. You can learn more about the Center’s population and sustainability program at;; and

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Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human Animal Studies

Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human Animal Studies is looking for submissions for the second issue of their undergraduate journal. The deadline for the Fall issue is: July 30, 2015.

As part of their efforts to reach out to students with an interest in human-animal studies, the Animals and Society Institute has created this journal for undergraduate students and recent graduates to publish their papers, book and film reviews, and other work.

Sloth is co-edited by Kelly Enright (Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public History, Flagler College) and Kara Kendall-Morwick (Assistant Professor of English, Washburn University).

 Sloth is an online, refereed, bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and other early career scholars that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences.

 Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates and recent (within three years) graduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.

Contributions can explore anything in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences that are related to human/non-human animal relationships.

Please format your submissions according to the following guidelines:
1. PC-compatible files only (MS Word);
2. required length: 3-5,000 words;
3. on a separate page/post, include your name and your postal and e-mail addresses, the title of your essay, and a brief abstract of its contents (3-5 sentences);
3. for the text itself: margins at 1″, double spaced, font size 12 pt. or smaller;
4. use Chicago Style (author-date) for all documentation;
5. include Notes and Works Cited at the end as regular text. In other words, please do NOT use the “automatic” footnote/endnote function on your word processor to generate these. They sometimes tend to disappear when traveling through cyberspace or when the document is converted.
6. include a one page CV or resume with your submission

Submissions should be sent to

Please visit to read their first issue.

Questions can be directed to: Kelly Enright, and Kara Kendall-Morwick,

MLA 2016: Teaching Animal Studies

CFP for MLA 2016: Teaching Animal Studies

Special Session: Teaching Animal Studies
(Austin, 7-10 January 2016)

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How do we teach animal studies and how could we? Approaches from any field or time period are welcome. We will consider case studies, narratives, proposals, or pedagogical theory.

Those using or developing creative methods or methods that engage with the public humanities are strongly encouraged. Examples may include but are not limited to service learning, animal ethnographies, creative writing, public history, open access, activism, and projects exploring the intersections between animal and environmental protection.

Please send a 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015 to Thomas Doran:

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Animal Ethics & Philosophy

New book coming out soon on animal ethics, with contributions by Nicolas Delon and Zipporah Weisberg!

Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy

Edited by Elisa Aaltola and John Hadley | Dec 2014

animal ethics and philosophyIntroduction: Questioning the Orthodoxy, John Hadley and Elisa Aaltola

Part I: Intrinsic Value and Moral Status: Rethinking Sentience

1. A Meta-level Problem for Animal Rights Theory, John Hadley

2. Against Moral Intrinsicalism, Nicolas Delon

3. Beyond Sentience: Biosemiotics as Foundation for Animal and Environmental Ethics, Morton Tonnesen and Jonathan Beever

4. Animal Agency: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How It Can be Realized, Zipporah Weisberg

Part II: Epistemology: Knowing and Speaking for Nonhuman Animals

5. Enchanted Worlds and Animal Others, Wayne Williams

6. ‘The Flesh of My Flesh’: Animality, Difference, and ‘Radical’ Community in Merleau-Ponty’s Late Philosophy, Jonathan D. Singer

7. The Problem of Speaking for Animals, Jason Wyckoff

8. Doing Away with Rights, Elizabeth Foreman

Part III: Moral Psychology: Emotions and Metaethics

9. Disgust and the Collection of Bovine Foetal Blood, Robert Fischer

10. Hume on Animals and the Rest of Nature, Angela Coventry and Avram Hiller

11. The Politicization of Animal Love, Tony Milligan

12. The Sentimentalism Revival and Animal Philosophy, Elisa Aaltola

Bringing together new theory and critical perspectives on a broad range of topics in animal ethics, this book examines the implications of recent developments in the various fields that bear upon animal ethics according to a source at https://www.odorklenz/pets/ Showcasing a new generation of thinkers, it exposes some important shortcomings in existing animal rights theory.


Debate in animal ethics needs reenergising. To date, philosophers have focused on a relatively limited number of specific themes whilst leaving metaphilosophical issues that require urgent attention largely unexamined. This timely collection of essays brings together new theory and critical perspectives on key topics in animal ethics, foregrounding questions relating to moral status, moral epistemology and moral psychology. Is an individualistic approach based upon capacities the best way to ground the moral status of non-human animals or should philosophers pursue relational perspectives? What does it mean to “know” animals and “speak” for them? What is the role of emotions such as disgust, empathy, and love, in animal ethics and how does emotion inform the rationalism inherent in analytic animal ethics theory? The collection aims to broaden the scope of animal ethics, rendering it more inclusive of important contemporary philosophical themes and pushing the discipline in new directions.

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