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, 2020-2021

President: Mary Whittingdale (BA in Theology and Religion, Mansfield College)
Secretary: Jonathan Howes (DPhil in Physics, Merton College)
Treasurer: Dario Cowdery (BA in Theology and Religion, Mansfield College)
Vice President: Jacob Brandler (DPhil in History, Linacre College)
Vice President: David Holroyd (BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Hertford College)
Vice President: Noah Wescombe (MPhil Socio-Legal Research, St Catherine’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 (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, 2015-2020)
Vincent Jordan (Christ Church, 2018-)
Ewan Lynch (Brasenose College, 2018-)
Natalie Hill (Balliol College, 2015-)
Katarzyna Jaroszewicz (Merton College, 2017-)
Emile Okada (Balliol College, 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 2021

Forthcoming Meetings on Zoom:

Links will be provided ahead of time through the mailing list.
Email depdirector@oxfordanimalethics.com to join the mailing list.

Week 2: Monday 3 May: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by Anne Merrill (Brasenose College) on Nonhumans and Meat-Eating in Horror Films

Week 4: Monday 17 May: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by Kajuli Claeys (Balliol College) on Cripple Crow, Mad Dog: Animal Ethics in Conversation with Disability Studies

Week 5: Saturday 29 May: 3pm
In Person Social
Meeting in outdoor space. Limited numbers, RSVP essential.

Week 8: Sunday 13 June: 3pm
In Person Social
Meeting in outdoor space. Limited numbers, RSVP essential.

Hilary Term 2021

Forthcoming Meetings on Zoom:

Links will be provided ahead of time through the mailing list.
Email depdirector@oxfordanimalethics.com to join the mailing list.

Week 2: Monday 25 January: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by Jonathan Howes (Merton College) on Animal Paradoxes: Our Contradictory Attitudes About Animals

Week 4: Monday 8 February: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by Bella Forristal (Magdalen College) on Against ‘Humane Meat’: Why Longtermist Consequentialists Should Reject the ‘Logic of the Larder’

Week 6: Monday 22 February: 8pm
Zoom Meeting and AGM
Presentation by Noah Wescombe (St Catherine’s College) on Current Social and Political Obstacles to Communicating Veganism

Week 8: Monday 8 March: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by Jacob Brandler (Linacre College) on Frederick Douglass on Dred Scott: How a Critique of a Slave Case Might Inform Discussions of Animal Rights

Michaelmas Term 2020

Forthcoming Meetings on Zoom:

Links will be provided ahead of time through the mailing list.
Email depdirector@oxfordanimalethics.com to join the mailing list.

Freshers’ Week: Saturday 10 October: 2pm
Meet the Committee and Freshers’ Q and A
Join us on Zoom to find out more about the Society: https://zoom.us/j/95738458303 

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

Week 2: Monday 19 October: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
A Discussion between Dr Clair Linzey (Organising Member) and Katarzyna Jaroszewicz (Vice President) on What is Animal Ethics?

Week 4: Monday 2 November: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by Vincent Jordan (President) on Animals in Ancient Egypt: Diachronic Morality?

Week 6: Monday 16 November: 8pm
Zoom Meeting and Film Screening
Film Screening on The Ethics of Human and Animal Experiments
Giacomo Vagni (Nuffield College) will introduce his film Longing for the Light followed by a Q&A

Week 8: Monday 30 November: 8pm
Zoom Meeting
Presentation by David Holroyd (Vice President) on Too Cute to Eat? The Ethics of Alpaca Farming in the UK

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.