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Rats, Cats and People: The Moral Status of Animals

Date:
Friday 16 March 2018
Time:
5.30pm - 7.00pm

Location: Billiard Room, St Mary's University

Seminar by Alice Hewitt, Veterinarian, Charter Veterinarians and hosted by the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies (CBET).

Whilst the difference between animal and human is easy to define the distinction between animal, human and person is less clear and this is, in large part, because of the many ways that we perceive animals. Our perception of animals and the value that we place on them is influenced by:

  • Their worth to us individually and as a society (economic, practical, emotional)
  • Our beliefs about their sentience
  • The relationship that we have with them

The value that we place on them determines the moral status that we award them, and this is used to justify the ethical and practical decisions that we make about animals.

Animal sentience is controversial, ethically and politically, with ongoing debate as to whether it exists and if it does which animals are sentient and how much importance should be attached to this. Sentience is often regarded as essential for personhood; if we recognise sentience in animals does this award them personhood?



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Date:
Friday 16 March 2018
Time:
5.30pm - 7.00pm

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For more information about this event please email trevor.stammers@stmarys.ac.uk.

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