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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 speakers and their topics for the academic year 2013-2014:

SEPTEMBER 26 Paul B. Thompson, Ph.D,  W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University

Public lecture: Food Nanotechnology as Emerging Technology: Framing the Ethical Issues (Co-sponsored with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and taking place at 309 Edwards St at 12:30 PM)
Seminar (invitation only): Battery Cages vs. Free Range: Science and Ethics in the Development of Animal Welfare Standards for Egg Production


NOVEMBER 7 Lourdes Maria Alvarez, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of New Haven

Seminar (invitation only): The Case of the Animals vs. Man: A Medieval Islamic Vision of Pluralism and Environmental Ethics


JANUARY 23 Allen T. Rutberg, Ph.D., Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University

Seminar (invitation only): Strengthening the Ethical Foundation of Wildlife Contraception
Public lecture: Wildlife Contraception: Successes and challenges
A NY Times article of relevance, in which Dr. Rutberg is interviewed



Seminar (invitation only): What is the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee?


APRIL 3 Robert Bass, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Seminar (invitation only): What Can One Person Do? Causal Impotence and Dietary Choices
Public Lecture: Moral Risk and Moral Lore

Climate Change and Impact on Wildlife: A Topic Centered Discussion

Speakers and topics from previous years:



Spring 2008