Upcoming Talk: “What legal protection animals in science in Canada have?”

Ormandy - What legal protections animals in science have

This week, we are honoured to have at Queen’s University Elisabeth Ormandy, from University of British Columbia, give the talk “What Legal Protection do Animals in Science in Canada Have?”. She is also the Executive Director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute.

Friday February 2, 2018
2:30-4:00 PM
Room 211, Sir John A Macdonald Hall

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Cowspiracy Screening with Free Food and $10

Free food? Getting paid to watch an informative film?

If these two things interest you, join us in The Reflection Room (Kingston Hall, Room 213) on Tuesday, November 21st at 5:00pm for a screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.

The Save Movement has been extremely generous in providing food for the event and are offering each student a payment of $10 for attending and watching the duration of the film.

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Upcoming Talk: “Posthumanist Education: Rethinking Human-Animal Relations in Teaching and Learning”

Pedersen-Posthumanist Education

APPLE and the Lives of Animals Research Group are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Dr. Helena Pedersen (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) an internationally renowned scholar of critical animal pedagogy, entitled “Posthumanist Education: Rethinking Human-Animal Relations in Teaching and Learning”.

Educational institutions have traditionally privileged human perspectives and interests, while using animals as scientific objects or ‘resources’ for our teaching and learning, rather than as subjects in their own right. This lecture explores how human-animal
relations take shape in a range of educational settings and discusses possibilities and
visions for transforming education in a critical posthumanist direction.

This Lecture will be held at the Queen’s University Club (158 Stuart Street, Kingston), on Tuesday October 17th from 3:00 to 5:30pm.
Refreshments will be served.
All welcome.

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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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