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, 2024-2025

President: Gideon Futerman (St Edmund Hall, BA in Earth Sciences)
Secretary: Huw Roberts (DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences, Linacre College)
Treasurer: Sheen Gahlaut (BMBCh in Medicine, Lincoln College) 
Vice President: Yusef Atta (BA in Philosophy and Theology, Wycliffe Hall) 
Vice President: Theo Brodbeck (MMath in Mathematics, Lincoln College)
Vice President: Daisy Brown (BA in Computer Science, Somerville College)
Vice President: Ash Gibbins (BA in Philosophy and French, Worcester College)
Vice President: Emma Howes (MSc in Latin American Studies, Brasenose College)
Vice President: Jonathan Howes (DPhil in Physics, Merton College)
Vice President: Alejandro Mantilla (MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, St Hilda’s College)
Senior Member: Dr Katherine Morris (Mansfield College)
Emeritus Senior Member: Professor Andrew Linzey (Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics)
Organising Member: Clair Linzey (Wycliffe Hall)

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, 2017-2021)
Sarah Robinson (Wadham College, 2018-)
Jan Steinebrunner (St John’s College, 2018-)
Rivers Gambrell (Kellogg College, 2015-2020)
Vincent Jordan (Christ Church, 2018-2021)
Ewan Lynch (Brasenose College, 2018-2021)
Natalie Hill (Balliol College, 2015-2022)
Katarzyna Jaroszewicz (Merton College, 2017-2021)
Emile Okada (Balliol College, 2018-2022)
Mary Whittingdale (Mansfield College, 2019-2022)
Dario Cowdery (Mansfield College, 2019-2022)
David Holroyd (Hertford College, 2019-2022)
Noah Wescombe (St Catherine’s College, 2019-2021)
Kajuli Claeys (Balliol College, 2019-2023)
Teresa Habib Meriggi (St Anne’s College, 2021-)
Alexander Charters (Worcester College, 2019-2023)
Fionn Kennedy (Exeter College, 2020-2023)
Cassie Lloyd Watson (Pembroke College, 2021-)
Lysander Mawby (St Edmund Hall, 2020-)
Jacob Brandler (Linacre College, 2020-)
Antoni Mikocki (Worcester College, 2023-)
Georgia Porter (Exeter College, 2022-)
Susana Higueras Carrillo (Linacre College, 2023-)

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 2024

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

Week 2: Monday 29 April: 8pm
Presentation by Gideon Futerman (President) on Ethics at the Limits of Sentience: The Challenge Insect Consciousness Poses for Ethics

Week 4: Monday 13 May: 8pm
Presentation by Lin Bowker-Lonnecker (Christ Church) on How Vegan Do You Need to be for Animal Advocacy?

Week 6: Monday 27 May: 8pm
Presentation by Amanda Matthes (Keble College) on Improving Animal Lives with a Tech Career

Week 8: 10-14 June
End of Year Social

Hilary Term 2024

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

Week 2: Monday 22 January: 8pm
Presentation by Daisy Brown (Somerville College) on Animal Ethics in Disability Ethics

Week 4: Monday 5 February: 8pm
Presentation by Annie Dench (St Anne’s College) on Animal Welfare: A Political and Sociological Perspective

Week 6: Monday 19 February: 8pm
Meeting and AGM
Presentation by Wyatt Radzin (Brasenose College) on Mice and Men: Is Extermination Defensible?

Week 8: Tuesday 5 March
End of Term Dinner 
St Hilda’s College

Michaelmas Term 2023

Join us at Freshers’ Fair
Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 October in the Examination Schools

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

For more information about the Society please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Week 2: Monday 16 October: 8pm
Presentation by Professor Andrew Linzey (Emeritus Senior Member) on Veganism: For and Against

Week 4: Monday 30 October: 8pm
Presentation by Antoni Mikocki (Secretary) on Animal Property Rights as a Decolonial Project

Week 6: Monday 13 November: 8pm
Presentation by Max Heitmann (Worcester College) on Utilitarianism for Animals and Kantianism for Humans?

Week 8: Monday 27 November – Friday 1 December 2023
End of Term Dinner 
Details TBC

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.