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HAT FORUM: Animal Rights and Animal Welfare


PLEASE NOTE MEETING IS SHORTENED THIS WEEK TO ALLOW FORUM ATTENDEES TO GET TO OISE FOR THE ANIMAL RIGHTS SPEAKER SERIES EVENT.

  1. What ethical considerations should govern our treatment of animals?
  2. What creatures can be considered to have rights?
  3. Is the use of animals for food and clothing justified if the animals are treated well? What does “treated well” mean?
  4. How do you feel about zoos and aquaria? What standards ought to be applied to animals in them?
  5. What standards should be applied to animals used for research and testing? Does it matter what the purpose of the research is? (Medical, scientific or cosmetic?)
  6. How do humanist principles bear on these questions? Is there a humanist perspective distinct from a religious perspective?