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: Tobias Thornes (DPhil in Climate Physics, Oriel College)
Secretary: Rivers Gambrell (DPhil in History, Kellogg College)
Treasurer: Katie Javanaud (DPhil in Theology, Keble College)
Vice President: Adam Bridgen (DPhil in English, Linacre 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 Anthony’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.

Trinity Term 2017

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 1st May 2017: 8pm: (2nd week)
Members’ meeting and AGM
Presentation by Dr Violette Pouillard (St Antony’s College) on The Gorilla Perspective: A history from below of zoos in the second half of the twentieth century

Monday 14th May 2017: 8pm: (4th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Bianca Gillam (Queen’s College) on Feminism and Veganism

Monday 29th May 2017: 8pm: (6th week)
NO MEETING

Monday 11th – 17th June 2017: (8th week)
Members’ End of Term Dinner
Formal Dinner in College.  Details to be confirmed

Hilary Term 2017

Forthcoming Meetings at the Centre:

Monday 23rd  January 2017: 8pm: (2nd week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Rivers Gambrell (Secretary) on From Guard Dogs to Guide Dogs: The Untold Story of Canines and the Holocaust

Monday 6th February 2017: 8pm: (4th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Katie Javanaud (Treasurer) on Aśoka the Great

Monday 20th February 2017: 8pm: (6th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Emily Neil (Worcester College) on the Ethics of Invasive Species Management

Monday 27th February 2017: (7th week)
Members’ End of Term Dinner
Formal Dinner at Oriel College.

Michaelmas Term 2016

Join us at Freshers’ Fair
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th October (0th Week) in the Exam Schools

Forthcoming Meetings at the Centre:

Monday 17th October 2016: 8pm: (2nd week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Katie Javanaud (Treasurer), Harshmeena Sanghani (New College), and Grace Young (Somerville College) on The Future of Seaworld

Monday 31st October 2016: 8pm: (4th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Adam Bridgen (Linacre College) on Humphry Primatt and Animal Rights

Monday 14th November 2016: 8pm: (6th week)
Members’ meeting
Presentation by Tobias Thornes (Oriel College and President) on Animal Agriculture and Climate Change

Monday 28th November: (8th week)
Members’ End of Term Potluck Dinner
Potluck dinner at the Centre at 7pm.

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.