Ethics of Fur

Fourth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School

The Ethics of Fur

23 – 26 July, 2017, at St Stephen’s House, Oxford

in partnership with Respect for Animals

Every year more than 60 million animals are killed and sold by the international fur industry. It represents one of the largest uses of animals today. This Summer School will examine the ethics of the treatment of animals killed for their fur worldwide, including trapping, hunting, killing, and “farming” of animals. We shall also consider the use of animal fur products in fashion worldwide.

Papers are invited from academics worldwide on any aspect relating to the ethics of fur, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, anthropological, legal, psychological, scientific, and sociological perspectives. Potential topics include: the nature of animal suffering in fur production, the international trade in animal fur, methods of killing, the environmental consequences of the international fur industry, the use of fur in fashion, the role of international business, the media promotion of fur, changing legislation, especially in the European Union, and strategies for change.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email: The deadline for abstracts has been extended until 15th March, 2017. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a subsequent book volume or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

Registration for the Summer School is now closed.

Our latest press release on the Summer School is here. The provisional programme is here.

St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford. See

Further information about Respect for Animals can be found at

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in 2006 and pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. See