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Yale Bioethics

Animal Ethics

Courtesy US Fish & Wildlife Service

Chairperson:   Susan Kopp, DVM, Bioethics Center Scholar, Professor of Health Science, LaGuardia Community College Veterinary Technology Program, City University of New York

The Animal Ethics study group at the Yale Bioethics Center was formed in response to both the moral imperative to delve deeper into the human treatment of other animals and the theoretical challenge to give nonhuman animals their due in ethics. While many people have passionate opinions about animal ethics issues, they can be diametrically opposed: from seeing nonhuman animals as strictly subservient to human purposes to conceptualizing them as full rights-bearing members of the moral community. Our group is dedicated to addressing the gamut of questions from all points of view, with presenters drawn from a broad interdisciplinary spectrum.

The study group sponsors two events: an invited research seminar for faculty and allied professionals and a public lecture series around related animal ethics issues.

Public lectures will be held at 238 Prospect St at 4:15 PM unless otherwise noted. Please see the schedule below.  All are welcome.

For more information on the study group seminar, please email susan.kopp@yale.edu

Below is our list of dates for the academic year 2014-2015:

SEPTEMBER 18 Laurie Santos,  PhD, Director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory and
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Seminar: Primate Cognition: Three hints from the Monkey Mind that matter for Human Ethics


OCTOBER 31 One-Day Conference (open to Yale Community) 9:30 - 3:30

Ethics of Human Relations With Animals


DECEMBER 4 Candace Croney, PhD, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science and Associate Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-being, Department of Comparative Pathobiology and Dept of Animal Sciences, Purdue University

Seminar: Farm Animal Welfare & the Ethics of Semantics
Public Lecture: Politics and Policy of Farm Animal Welfare

JANUARY 22 Lisa Moses, VMD, DACVIM, CVMA, Pain Medicine Service, Angell Animal Medical Center

Seminar: Ethical challenges in the management of pain in companion animals
Public Lecture:
Ethical Challenges in the management of pain in animals


FEBRUARY 19 D. Eugene Redmond Jr. MD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurosurgery, Yale School of Medicine

Seminar: Efforts to make research with primates more humane


APRIL 16 or 23 TBA

Climate Change and Impact on Wildlife: A Topic Centered Discussion

Speakers and topics from previous years:



Spring 2008