Events* Public Lecture: ‘Animal Rights and Veganism as a Moral Imperative’
19 Sep 2019 to 19 Sep 2019

Public Lecture: ‘Animal Rights and Veganism as a Moral Imperative’

6:00pm until 7:30pm
Isaac Newton Building Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool Campus
Public Lecture

Join Professor Gary Francione, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lincoln, for a free public lecture exploring animal rights and veganmism as a moral imperative.

Professor Francione has been teaching animal rights theory and the law for more than 25 years. He has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows.

He is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his theory of animal rights. He is the author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law.

Please see the lecture abstract below.

Free admission, organised in association with the Lincoln Philosophy Salon.

For further information, contact Dr. Daniel Came (dcame@lincoln.ac.uk)

Abstract

Most of us embrace the animal welfare position—the idea that animals matter morally, and that we have a moral obligation to not impose unnecessary suffering on them and to treat them “humanely.” But the overwhelming portion of our animal uses cannot plausibly be characterized as involving necessity. And our treatment of animals is anything but “humane.” What explains this disparity between what we say we believe about animals and how we actually treat them? The short answer is that animals have the status under law as property. They are commodities that have economic value. As a result, their interests will, for the most part, be protected only to the extent necessary to exploit them in an economically efficient way. Even supposedly “higher welfare” practices involve an enormous amount of suffering.

I will propose an approach to animal rights whereby all sentient beings—that is, all beings who are subjectively aware—have a right not to be used as property. If we really believe that animals have moral value, then we must accord them this one right. And that requires that we stop eating, wearing, or otherwise using animals. This may appear to be a radical conclusion. It is not. On the contrary, it follows from what most of us already believe.

 

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