Oxford University Animal Ethics Society

The Animal Ethics Society is an official Oxford University Society. It aims to provide a forum for the discussion of the moral status of animals. The Society works closely with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, which pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. Membership is free, and open to all members of Oxford University and Fellows of the Centre.

Officers of the Animal Ethics Society, 2016-2017

President: Katie Javanaud (DPhil in Theology, Keble College)
Secretary: Tobias Thornes (DPhil in Climate Physics, Oriel College)
Treasurer: Jade Cormack (BA in English, Merton College)
Vice President: Rivers Gambrell (DPhil in History, Kellogg College)
Senior Member: Professor Andrew Linzey (St. Stephen’s House; Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics)
Organising Member: Clair Linzey (Deputy Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics)

Honorary Members:

Jenny Meszaros (St Hilda’s, 2004-8)
Sarah Harden (University College, 2006-2012)
Alastair Harden (Christ Church, 2006-2008)
Alan LeCras (Magdalen, 2006-2009)
Maximilian Padden Elder (Mansfield, 2011-2012)
Cyril Wohrer (Wolfson, 2011-2012)
Ionut Moise (Wolfson, 2012-)
Robert Lazo (Mansfield 2013-2014)
Justin Begley (University College, 2013-)
Rachel Wechsler (Green Templeton College, 2013-)
Juliane Beck (St Antony’s College, 2013-2015)
Adam Bridgen (Linacre College, 2013-)
Jennifer Clements (St John’s College, 2013-2016)
Kelsi Nagy (St Antony’s College, 2013-)
Grace Young (Somerville College, 2014-)
Harshmeena Sanghani (New College, 2014-)

The Society’s inaugural Vegetarian Norrington Table took place in Michaelmas 2016.  See the press release with the results here. Members of the University were invited to vote for the best and worst vegetarian and vegan food in University of Oxford colleges and halls.  To see the full rankings, as well as anonymised comments, and responses from bursars see here.

Hilary Term 2018

Monday 22nd January: 8pm: (2nd week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Jack Beckwith (Merton College) on Ecosystem Services: Can we Reduce Nature to Numbers?

Monday 5th February: 8pm: (4th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Jade Cormack (Treasurer) on Shakespeare and Animal Ethics

Monday 19th February: 8pm: (6th week)
Meeting and AGM
Presentation by Tobias Thornes (Secretary) on Difficult Questions in Animal Ethics

Monday 5th – Friday 9th March: (8th week)
Members’ End of Term Dinner
Formal Dinner in College. Details to be confirmed

Michaelmas Term 2017

Join us at Freshers’ Fair
Wednesday 4th – Thursday 5th October (0th Week) in the Exam Schools

Forthcoming Meetings at the Centre:

Meetings are held at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
91 Iffley Road, Oxford (opposite the University Sports Centre)

These are informal meetings with drinks and nibbles.

Monday 16th October 2017: 8pm: (2nd week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Professor Andrew Linzey (Senior Member) on Global Animal Protection

Monday 30th October 2017: 8pm: (4th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by William Gildea (Keble College) on Do Animals Really Have Rights?

Monday 13th November 2017: 8pm: (6th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Mirjam von Bechtolsheim (Worcester College) on The Archaeology of Animal Sacrifice in Roman Britain

Monday 27th November: 7pm: (8th week)
End of Term Potluck
Potluck dinner at the Centre.

Membership is free and open to all members of the University. For more information, please contact Clair Linzey at depdirector@oxfordanimalethics.com.

For information on previous years’ society meetings please see here.