VIDEOCAST – Animals, Ethics, & Law Symposium, March 2-3, 2012

The University of Tennessee hosted the Animals, Ethics, & Law Symposium on March 2-3, 2012.  Most of the talks, commentaries, and Q&A were recorded and are available online for viewing here.  Nick Robinson’s keynote address and Clare Palmer’s talk should be of particular interest to environmental ethicists.  Also, photographs of the event are available on the symposium website.

Speakers:

Nick Robinson (keynote) – “The Legal Principle of Resilience: A Guiding Norm for Life in Our Anthropocene Epoch”, Pace Law and Forestry; Yale, Environmental Studies

Colin Allen – “Ethics, Law, and the Science of Fish Welfare”, Indiana, Philosophy and Cognitive Science.  Commentators: Dean Rivkin, Tennessee, College of Law, and Gary McCracken, Tennessee, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Taimie Bryant – “Animal Law and Virtue Ethics”, UCLA Law.  Commentators: Iris Goodwin, Tennessee, College of Law,  Joan Heminway, Tennessee, College of Law

David DeGrazia – “The Question of Animal Suffering”, George Washington University, Philosophy.  Commentators: Ralph Harvey, Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, and John Nolt, Tennessee, Philosophy

David Favre – “Respectful Use: An Ethical Construct for Lawful Interactions with Animals”, Michigan State, Law.  Commentators: Jon Garthoff, Tennessee, Philosophy, and Hal Herzog, Western Carolina, Psychology

Rebecca Huss – “The Intersection of Legal Issues Involving Animals and Gerontology”, Valparaiso, Law.  Commentators: Marian Roman, Tennessee, College of Nursing, and Elizabeth Strand, Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine

Clare Palmer – “What (If Anything) Do We Owe Wild Animals?”, Texas A&M, Philosophy.  Commentators: Gordon Burghardt, Tennessee, Psychology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Joel MacClellan, Tennessee, Philosophy

NEW JOURNAL – Journal of Animal Ethics

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The University of Illinois Press in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics announces a ground-breaking new journal covering the issue of animal ethics.  The JAE, which will be published bi-annually in the summer and winter, is jointly edited by the internationally known theologian the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and Professor Priscilla Cohn, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University and Associate Director of the Centre.  The JAE is the first academic journal in the world to include the phrase “animal ethics” in its title.  The Journal comprises full-length scholarly articles, “argument” pieces in which authors will advance a particular perspective (usually related to current affairs) or respond to a previous article, review or research report, as well as review articles and book reviews. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals and is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope.  It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics that will be of interest to academics from both the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection.  It aims to publish groundbreaking work written by new and established academics from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, ethics, history, law, literature, linguistics, political theory, religion and science.  Contributions to the Journal are welcomed and submission guidelines can be found on the JAE’s website.

In the first issue David M. Lavigne and William S. Lynn address Canada’s commercial seal hunt; Joel Marks writes on how animal suffering is unrecognized in research; Andrew Fenton and Frederic Gilbert question the use of animals in spinal cord research; Judith Benz-Schwarzburg and Andrew Knight examine the cognitive abilities of animals and asks how long they can be denied similar rights to humans; Grace Clement asks whether animals can be classed as “pets or meat”? Barbro Froding, Martin Peterson, and Mark J. Rowlands debate whether animal ethics should be based on friendship, and Jan Deckers and Jay B. McDaniel debate whether Whiteheadians should be vegetarians.