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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Oxford: animal ethics centre opens
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¬†Theologian, Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, has become the first director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics which was opened this week. The Centre is the world's first academy dedicated to the enhancement of the ethical status of animals through academic publication, teaching and research. Academics worldwide from both the sciences and the humanities will be eligible to become Fellows of the Centre. It will act as an international, independent think tank for the advancement of progressive thought about animals. One of the areas of research will be the relationship between animal abuse and violence to human beings. One of the world's major writers, who has explored this link - Nobel Laureate in Literature, Professor J.M Coetzee ≠ has agreeD to become its first Honorary Fellow. Other projects being pursued include an online course in animal ethics, a new monograph series, and a new Journal of Animal Ethics. Revd Professor Linzey, said yesterday: 'The support of such a large number of internationally recognised academics underlines just how important animals are as a moral issue'. 'There is a strong rational case for animals, which has been recognised over the centuries by academics and philosophers. What is needed is for this rational case to be much better known and there are now signs that progressive thinking is becoming mainstream. Importantly, animals are now recognised as sentient beings in European law; and, in the UK, the most comprehensive - and long overdue - overhaul of animal welfare legislation for almost a century is shortly to be enacted into law.' 'We must strive to ensure animal issues are highlighted and rationally discussed throughout society - we cannot change the world for animals without changing our ideas about them. The Centre will promote ethical attitudes and contribute to informed public debate.' Professor Priscilla Cohn, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University, who is the Associate Director of the Centre, added: 'It seems to us that academics should take the lead in helping to foster a new kind of debate about animals ≠ one that goes beyond slogans and stereotypes'. The Advisers and the first six Fellows are listed on the Centre's website: The Centre is named after the distinguished Spanish Philosopher, Josť Ferrater Mora, who courageously spoke out against bull-fighting in Spain.
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