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, 2018-2019

President: Vincent Jordan (BA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Christ Church)
Secretary: Mary Whittingdale (BA in Theology and Religion, Mansfield College)
Treasurer: Ewan Lynch (BA in Philosophy and Linguistics, Brasenose College)
Vice President: Dario Cowdery (BA in Theology and Religion, Mansfield College)
Vice President: Natalie Hill (DPhil in History, Kellogg College)
Vice President: David Holroyd (BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Hertford College)
Vice President: Katarzyna Jaroszewicz (MSt in Comparative Literature and Critical Translation, Merton College)
Vice President: Emile Okada (DPhil in Mathematics, Balliol College)
Senior Member: Dr Katherine Morris (Mansfield College)
Emeritus 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, 2012-2018)
Robert Lazo (Mansfield 2013-2014)
Justin Begley (University College, 2013-2017)
Rachel Wechsler (Green Templeton College, 2013-2019)
Juliane Beck (St Antony’s College, 2013-2015)
Adam Bridgen (Linacre College, 2013-2020)
Jennifer Clements (St John’s College, 2013-2016)
Kelsi Nagy (St Antony’s College, 2013-2020)
Grace Young (Somerville College, 2014-2018)
Harshmeena Sanghani (New College, 2014-2018)
Tobias Thornes (Oriel College, 2013-2018)
Katie Javanaud (Keble College, 2013-2019)
Jade Cormack (Merton College, 2015-2018)
Isabel Barber (The Queen’s College, 2016-2019)
Cristina Conde Tkatchenko (Merton College, 2015-2019)
Kaitlyn Abrams (St. Catherine’s College, 2017-2018)
Daniel Evans (Kellogg College, 2017-2018)
Felix Taylor (St. Hugh’s College, 2017-)
Sarah Robinson (Wadham College, 2018-)
Jan Steinebrunner (St John’s College, 2018-)
Rivers Gambrell (Kellogg College, 2015-)

The Society is running the Vegetarian Norrington Table. We are inviting members of the University, both students and staff, to rate colleges and halls, and to make comments on the quality of current vegetarian and vegan provision. Voting opens on the first day of 1st Week of Trinity Term, 2019, and closes at the end of 7th Week of Michaelmas Term 2019. The results of the voting will be published in 8th Week of Michaelmas Term, 2019. You can vote here.

The inagural 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 2020

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. 

Week 2: Monday 27 January: 8pm
Presentation by Katie Jaroszewicz (Merton College) on Killing Animals in a Man’s World: Is there a Link Between Hunting and Toxic Masculinity?

Week 4: Monday 10 February: 8pm
Presentation by Felix Taylor (President) on The Case for Not Eating Cephalopods

Week 6: Monday 24 February: 8pm
Meeting and AGM
Presentation by Giacomo Vagni (Nuffield College) on Plant-based diets and veganism: Long-term alliance or future schism?

Week 8: Mon 9 – Fri 13 March:
End of Term Dinner
Details to be confirmed

Michaelmas Term 2019

Join us at Freshers’ Fair
Wednesday 9th – Thursday 10th October (0th Week) in the Exam Schools

Week 2: Sunday 20th October: 8pm
Presentation by Professor Andrew Linzey (Emeritus Senior Member) on Ethical vegetarianism and veganism

Week 4: Monday 4th November: 8pm
Presentation by Robyn Trigg (Magdalen College) on Meet your meat: Time for a review of animal product labelling in the UK?

Week 6: Monday 18th November: 8pm
Presentation by Natalie Hill (Vice President) on The cliché of American Indians in harmony with nature: Multidimensional stories and experiences

Week 8: Thursday 5th December
End of term Formal
Dinner at Kellogg College

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.