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Do Animals Need Rights?

A series of debates interrogates the balance sheet of our attachment to rights and reviews their moral worth.

The British have traditionally had a paradoxical relationship with animals: we apparently love our dogs more than our children, and yet many of us are prepared to fight for our right to hunt. But how can we balance our rights as humans with the rights of animals? Does it make sense to accord rights to animals at all, or should we instead owe them a duty of care? Is it reasonable to accord rights to agents who can not properly articulate their needs and make them heard?
Speakers Colin Blakemore, Chief executive of medical research council, and co founder of the Boyd group, a forum for debate on animal experimentation.
Dr Richard Ryder, inventor of the concepts "Specism" and "painism," and several times chairman of the RSPCA. Andrew Butler, Campaign coordinator at PETA. Chair Alison Hills, Author of Do Animals have rights?


Professor Colin Blakemore | talks | www
Dr Richard Ryder | talks
Andrew Butler | talks
Alison Hills | talks


Date and Time:

23 May 2005 at 7:00 pm





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