Talk: “Confronting carnivory: The ethics and politics of animals eating animals”


Josh Milburn (Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University) will be presenting a talk on “Confronting carnivory: The ethics and politics of animals eating animals” at the Philosophy colloquium on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 4:00 pm (Watson Hall, room 521).


Questions about the diets of nonhuman animals have been almost entirely absent from both animal ethics and the philosophy of food. Nonetheless, they raise a range of distinctive normative problems of both theoretical and practical significance. One of the most pressing issues concerns feeding meat to our companions, especially those, like cats, who are carnivorous. Companion diets – especially carnivore diets – must be analysed separately from human diets; indeed, depending on the arguments used to defend the consumption of animal products, even committed meat-eaters may have reasons to worry about feeding meat to companions. In this paper, I will first diagnose what I call the problem of carnivory and then canvass a range of possible solutions. Both the status quo and the possibility of somehow ending our relationships with carnivores are deeply undesirable, but the best alternative depends on whether carnivory is framed as a moral problem or a political problem. Guardians today, if unable to feed their companion a vegan diet, could scavenge meat or rely on the eggs of rescued chickens, and non- or plausibly-sentient animals could provide an ethically-justifiable source of meat. As societies, we can seek more permanent solutions through research, including research to develop vegan diets appropriate for particular carnivores and research to develop lab-grown meat.

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First Kingston VegFest!


The first VegFest in Kingston is coming this weekend, Saturday October 22, 11:00 – 5:00, at St Lawrence College, with talks, demos, vendors, animal protection groups, and food for vegans, vegetarians and the ‘veg curious’!

And of course, Queen’s Animal Defence will have a table there, so come and say hi!

Kingston VegFest Is

  • A celebration of the fabulousness of vegan food. Come enjoy cooking demonstrations, a wide range of food vendors, product samples and other delights. Treat your palate to the best that food has to offer.
  • A celebration of physical and mental health and well-being. Come learn from our experts on nutrition and fitness, ask questions, educate and empower yourself. Find balance in a yoga class. Treat your mind and body to the best that health has to offer.
  • A celebration of connectedness. Come discover a vibrant and mushrooming community of people on plant-fueled journeys. Expand your awareness of the issues and how our choices impact the planet and our fellow animals, featuring prominent local and international guest speakers. Treat your heart to the best that connectedness has to offer.

See the website and the Facebook page for more info.

And Two Documentaries

Do not forget as well:

  • Friday October 21, doors open 6:30 pm (for 7:00), The Ghosts in Our Machine screening on Queen’s campus, Mac-Corry B201
  • Sunday October 23, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Unlocking the Cage at the Screening Room on Princess Street (fundraiser for Fauna Sanctuary)

“The Ghosts in Our Machine” and “Unlocking the Cage” Screening This Month

Kingston is lucky to have screenings of two animal-related documentaries this month — please share and come along with some friends!

The Ghosts in Our Machine — Oct. 21st

Queen’s Animal Defence is honoured to sponsor, in partnership with the Kingston VegFest, the screening of The Ghosts in Our Machine about the Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur and her journey as a witness of the plight of the animals in the world.

Entry by donation. Screening at 7pm at Queen’s University, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B201.


For the synopsis and other info, see the Facebook event.

Unlocking the Cage — Oct. 23rd

Two screenings of the newly released documentary Unlocking the Cage are scheduled for Oct 23rd, at the Screening Room, at 4pm and at 7pm, as a fundraising for Fauna Sanctuary. The tickets are 10$ each. Continue Reading

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


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.