Animal Ethics: Abolition, Regulation, or Citizenship

Here are the pictures of the conference at Rutgers Law School organized by Gary Francione et Anna E. Charlton. (Review coming soon). The conference was recorded, as soon as the recording becomes available, I will post the link.

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Animal Ethics: Abolition, Regulation, or Citizenship?

Friday, April 11, 2014, Rutgers School of Law–Newark

Despite 200 years of animal welfare laws, which require “humane” treatment and prohibit the imposition of “unnecessary” suffering, animal exploitation is occurring in more horrific ways than at any time in human history.

These new approaches include:

1) arguing for the status of nonhuman animals as right-holders and challenging the use of animals as human resources and not just the treatment of animals whose use is assumed to be morally permissible (the rights or abolitionist approach);
2) retaining a welfarist framework of “humane” use but modifying it in certain ways (the regulationist approach); and

3) promoting a theory of animal rights that allows for a continued relationship between humans and nonhumans in various contexts and explores the various relational duties involved (the citizenship approach).

Speakers included (in alphabetical order):

Anna E. Charlton, Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, and former Director, Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic
Luis E. Chiesa, Professor of Law and Director, Buffalo Criminal Law Center, SUNY Buffalo
Sherry F. Colb, Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar, Cornell University
Sue Donaldson, independent researcher and author (co-author with Will Kymlicka of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights)
Michael C. Dorf, Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law, Cornell University
Gary L. Francione, Board of Governors Professor, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Will Kymlicka, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University (Canada)
David Nibert, Professor of Sociology, Wittenberg University
Gary Steiner, John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy, Bucknell University

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Animals Property Law Francione

Animals as Persons Francione

Eat like you care Anna Charlton

zoopolis kymlicka donaldson


Animal Oppression and HUman Violence Nibert

Animal Rights Human Rights Nibert

Mind if Cheeseburger Sherry F Colb

Steiner Animal and the Moral community Anthropocentrisme SteinerSteiner logo