Upcoming Talk: “Animals, Work and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity”

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Kendra Coulter (Labour Studies, Brock University) will be presenting a talk on “Animals, Work and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity” on Friday, September 30th 2016 in Mac-Corry room D214, as part of the Department of Geography and School of Environmental Studies lecture series, co-sponsored by APPLE and the Lives of Animals research group.

Coffee will be served at 2:30, and Dr. Coulter’s talk starts at 3:00.

Upcoming Talk: “Seeing Animal Suffering” by Alice M. Crary

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University holds a weekly colloquium, and next week’s topic is on animal ethics:

Alice M. Crary (New School for Social Research)
“Seeing Animal Suffering”

This talk opens with an account Leo Tolstoy gave of his visit to a slaughterhouse in 1872. Tolstoy believed that there is something about the brutality of slaughter that we might miss even if we know the basic facts of how it happens, and he set out to write about his experience in a vivid and charged style that would open his reader’s eyes to the violence of butchering. Such writing remains immensely pertinent to contemporary discussions of animals and ethics. This talk surveys these discussions and link them to relevant themes from Tolstoy’s fictional and non-fictional writings. It concludes with reflections on how the sort of emotionally demanding discourse that interests Tolstoy is of decisive importance today for getting an undistorted view of what is done to animals not only in confined feeding operations (or CAFOs), industrial abattoirs, and other slaughterhouses but also in, among other places, laboratories, zoos, and natural habitats in which animals are hunted.

EVERYONE WELCOME
If you have accessibility requirements, please contact Judy Vanhooser (jv1@queensu.ca)

When: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 — 4:00 pm
Where: Watson Hall, room 517

This event will be part of the Graham Kennedy Memorial Lecture series. Continue Reading

Queen’s Animal Defence at “Queen’s in the Park” orientation day

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QAD members chatted with dozens of students at club orientation day held in City Park on September 7. In addition to learning about QAD’s campaigns on behalf of animals at Queen’s, students were delighted to learn about Kingston’s inaugural VegFest, with speakers, food booths and cooking demonstrations catering to vegans, vegetarians, and the ‘veg curious’ (sponsored by Kingston Vegetarian Network on October 22 at St. Lawrence College).

QAD also took this opportunity to unveil our latest poster (see below), beautifully designed by Amélie Tourangeau. This poster is part of QAD’s ongoing campaign to end the use of animal dissection and live animal experimentation in education — practices which are already banned in many jurisdictions. QAD supports science students who want to exercise their right to use alternatives to dissection and vivisection, and to earn their degree without harming animals and their habitats.

Many students who stopped by QAD’s table to chat expressed concern precisely about this issue, and wanted to know what Queen’s is doing to promote the use of alternatives. At this point, Queen’s leaves it up to individual students to express their concern and ask for alternatives. This is unacceptable. The use of alternatives should be the institutional standard, not an individual exception. Alternatives, such as synthetic animal models, simulators and interactive computer software have been demonstrated to be pedagogically superior to the use of live animals and animal cadavers for educational purposes. The failure to implement these alternatives demonstrates the hollowness of Queen’s’ commitment to reducing and replacing the use of animals in science. Continue Reading

Second Thoughts of an Animal Researcher

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John Gluck spent many years conducting experiments on rhesus monkeys, hoping to find treatments for mental illness in humans. In a recent essay in the New York Times, he says: “Like many researchers, I once believed that intermittent scientific gains justified methods that almost always did harm“. Today, his views couldn’t be more different. “There is no research more valuable than our own integrity and ethical coherence, and our treatment of animals is a direct reflection of our values toward life and one another“. Professor Gluck’s unflinching essay offers a profound challenge to researchers who continue to harm animals in the name of medical ‘progress’.

Readers may recall that Professor Gluck was recently featured in QAD’s poster series, “Hidden Costs / Hidden Potential“:

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