2 years ago

15 March, 2016

Derkenne Courtyard

Organised by:
Philosophy Society

What: A round table discussion about animal ethics + our AGM
When: 4:30pm-9:00pm,Tuesday, 15 March, 2016
Where: Derkenne Courtyard/Godfrey Tanner Bar, Callaghan, University of Newcastle

What kind of moral status do animals possess? Do they differ from humans in moral terms? If so, to what extent? Do they have rights? Should we recognise as “persons” the members of any non-human species and, in doing so, afford them the greater protection (and responsibility) that such recognition entails?

How then should we treat animals, given our conclusions with respect to the above? What are the principles and considerations that ought to govern our relations with them? Is it permissible to exploit animals for human purposes such as the consumption of meat, medical experimentation, sporting events and so on? Perhaps we owe greater duties to some animals than to others. Do pets and endangered species fall into this category?

The event will kick off at 4:30pm in the Derkenne Courtyard. Later we’ll move into the GT Bar where there will be free food for members (you can join for $2). We were only planning to serve meat, though. Hope that’s okay with everyone…I’m joking, there’ll be vegan options (and some gluten free ones as well).

We’ll also hold our AGM on the night where we will appoint the society’s executive. It shouldn’t take very long and you get a free dinner at the end of it, so why not come and hear what’s been happening with the society? Please get in touch with us if you’d like to help with running the club. We’d love to have you on board.