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: Felix Taylor (DPhil in English, St. Hugh’s College)
Secretary: Sarah Robinson (DPhil Candidate in Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science, Wadham College)
Treasurer: Jan Steinebrunner (DPhil Candidate in Mathematics, St John’s College)
Vice President: Rivers Gambrell (DPhil in History, Kellogg College)
Vice President: Natalie Hill (DPhil in History, Balliol College)
Senior Member: Dr Mark Philpott (St. Stephen’s House)
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-)
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, 2014-2018)
Harshmeena Sanghani (New College, 2014-)
Tobias Thornes (Oriel College, 2013-2018)
Katie Javanaud (Keble College, 2013-)
Jade Cormack (Merton College, 2015-2018)
Isabel Barber (The Queen’s College 2016-)
Cristina Conde Tkatchenko (Merton College, 2015-)
Kaitlyn Abrams (St. Catherine’s College, 2017-2018)
Daniel Evans (Kellogg College, 2017-2018)

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.

Trinity Term 2019

Week 2: Monday 6 May: 8pm
Debate between Katie Javanaud (Keble College) and Clair Linzey (Organising Member) on Is Religion Good News for Animals?

Week 4: Monday 20 May: 8pm
Presentation by Robyn Trigg (Magdalen College) on Patents, Animal Experiments, and Animal Sentience: Where do we Currently Stand in English law?

Week 6: Monday 18 February: 8pm
No Meeting

Week 8: Monday 17 June: 7pm
End of Year Party
Potluck Dinner at the Centre

Hilary Term 2019

Week 2: Monday 21 January: 8pm
Presentation by Adam Bridgen (Linacre College) on Thomas Tryon (1634-1701) and the Unusual Beginnings of Anti-Fur Thinking

Week 4: Monday 4 February: 8pm
Presentation by Falk Hemsing (St Hilda’s College) on Clean Meat

Week 6: Monday 18 February: 8pm
Meeting and AGM
Presentation by Natalie Hill (Balliol College) on Human-Horse Interactions in the American West; Icons, from Mounted Indians to Cowboys and Wild Mustangs

Week 8: Tue 5 March:
End of Term Formal
Dinner at Balliol College

Michaelmas Term 2018

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.

Join us at Freshers’ Fair
Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th October (0th Week) in the Exam Schools

Week 2: Monday 15 October: 8pm
Presentation by Professor Andrew Linzey (Emeritus Senior Member) on The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Week 4: Monday 29 October: 8pm
Presentation by Isabel Barber (President) on Free School Milk: Natural, Normal, and Necessary?

Week 6: Monday 12 November: 8pm
Presentation by Felix Taylor (Secretary) on John Cowper Powys and Vivisection 

Week 7: Monday 19th November
End of Term Formal 
Dinner at Oriel 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.