Animal welfare is an increasingly important social concern. Advances in our understanding of animal sentience, of their capacities to suffer and experience pleasure, of their communicative and social characteristics, and others that are morally relevant, have increasingly led to a re-examination of their positions within and outwith our societies - and to a reconsideration of their moral status.
A wide range of voices have challenged traditional social uses of animals, and have called for stronger measures to protect their welfare. Where have religious voices been in this debate, and what have they been telling us? How and why do ethical and religious perspectives on animals differ, among differing religious traditions? Some have been criticised for providing ideological support for the exploitation of animals. Are the various religions doing enough to protect animals and their welfare? Is there more they could, and should, be doing? A diverse range of experts will present the viewpoints of various major religions concerning animals and their welfare.
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(20 mins presentation, 5 mins Q&A)
|12:30pm||Arrivals, registration|| |
Prof. Andrew Knight
Director, Centre for Animal Welfare
Joyce D'Silva D.Litt. (Hon)
Ambassador Emerita, Compassion in World Farming
|'Exploit, eat, protect or liberate.' What do the faiths say about our relationships with other animals?|
Professor Anna King
University of Winchester
|Hindu Attitudes to Non-Human Animals: Precept, Practice and Politics|
Professor Graham Harvey
Open University, UK
|'If it's ok to eat animals, can we sacrifice them too?' Pagan perspectives on animal welfare|
|2:40pm||Speaker panel Q&A|| |
|2:55pm||Tea/coffee break|| |
Professor David Clough
University of Chester
|Becoming CreatureKind: a new Christian framework for farmed-animal welfare|
Assoc. Professor Aaron Gross
University of San Diego
|Animal Protection and Jewish Traditions|
|4:15pm||Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra||Islamic perspectives on animal welfare|
|4:45pm||Speaker panel Q&A|| |
Joyce D'Silva, Ambassador Emeritus for Compassion in World FarmingJoyce has an MA from Trinity College Dublin and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Winchester. She was Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming for 14 years and is currently Ambassador Emeritus for Compassion. Joyce played a key role in achieving the UK ban on sow stalls in the nineties and in getting recognition of animal sentience enshrined in the European Union Treaties. She has published widely on farm animal welfare, including co-editing The Meat Crisis: Developing more sustainable production and consumption, Earthscan, (new edition 2017).
Aaron S. Gross: Animal Protection and Jewish Traditions
Aaron S. Gross, PhD is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego and the author of The Question of the Animal and Religion. Gross has been a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow at the University of Chester and served as co-chair of the American Academy of Religion's Animals and Religion Group, and presently serves as Vice President of the Society of Jewish Ethics and as the CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group Farm Forward.
Graham Harvey: “If it's ok to eat animals, can we sacrifice them too?” Pagan perspectives on animal welfare
Graham Harvey is Professor of Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. His research and teaching largely concern performance, materiality and rhetoric among Jews, Pagans and indigenous peoples. He is particularly interested in the “new animism,” embracing relational interactions between humans and the larger than human world. His recent publications include The Handbook of Contemporary Animism (2013), Food, Sex and Strangers: Understanding Religion as Everyday Life (2013), Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth (2010), and Animism: Respecting the Living World (2006).
Prof. Anna King: Hindu Attitudes to Non-Human Animals: Precept, Practice and Politics
Anna King is Professor of Religious Studies and Social Anthropology and Head of Research in the Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester. She has conducted long periods of fieldwork in South Asia (particularly India), and is at present engaged in projects with international partners in Nepal and Myanmar. She is writing a book on Animal Theology and Ethics in South Asian Religions, and has published articles on contemporary Hindu attitudes to animals. She is the founder editor of RoSA (Religions of South Asia).
Prof. David Clough: Becoming CreatureKind: A new Christian framework for farmed-animal welfareDavid is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester and founder of CreatureKind, a project engaging churches in the UK and North America with the welfare of farmed animals. He is the author of the ground-breaking two-volume monograph On Animals, which explores the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics. He is President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics and Co-chair of the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra: Islamic perspectives on animal welfare
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Dar al-`Ulum, Holcombe, UK, and advanced qualifications from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and the University of London. He is the founder and Principal of Khazinat al-`Ilm, Madaris of Arabic and Muslim Life Studies, in Leicester. He is a visiting imam to the University of Leicester and De Montfort University, and is the Muslim chaplain to Canary Wharf in London.