An Introduction to Ethics -

ways of thinking about the rights and wrongs of animal use

Saturday 24th October 2015

Price: £35, £30 members  

When: Arrive 9.15 for a 9.30 start, finish around 4 pm.

Where: Wotton Village Hall, Surrey (on the A25 between Guildford and Dorking; easy access of the M25, M3 etc.)

University students on any animal-related course are taught about ethics relating to animals. Many animal-professionals, however, have often not had the opportunity for a formal introduction to this fascinating field as their training has been as post-graduates or experience-based. This workshop will be of interest to anyone who loves animals whether you work with them or not.


This workshop will consider the main ethical systems applied to animal use - including moral rule based systems ('Rightist' and the more extreme Liberationist approach), Utilitarian approaches ('Welfarists') and the somewhat pejorative 'New Welfarists', and the more intermediate 'Protectionist' approach. We will discuss scenarios and see how each of the systems of ethics would apply and how diverse the decision output might be.


We are often familiar with the general concept of animal welfare, but rarely understand the underlying philosophy and how it fits with other ethical approaches. This workshop will bring a new level of understanding to your work and the arguments /reasoning you give when advocating for animals.

Pay by PayPal using the links below or send a cheque, payable to ‘Learning About Animals’, to:

Suzanne Rogers, 6 Fern Cottages, Dorking Road, Abinger Hammer, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6SA.

E-mail: Suzanne@learningaboutanimals.co.uk

Please let me know at time of booking if you require a certificate of attendance of the course for your records.

Course leader: Dr Mark Kennedy is passionate about the improvement of animal welfare through the generation and dissemination of evidence-based scientifically valid knowledge. He is an experienced lecturer and has taught equine and general animal welfare, ethics and behaviour to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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