25-29 May 2021, free online event
From Tuesday, May 25th through Saturday, May 29th, 2021, the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA will host a virtual conference on Sport, Animals, and Ethics. We are inviting papers focused on ethical issues related to the involvement of animals in the context of sport, recreation, or leisure. We welcome a wide spectrum of submissions; e.g., from direct use such as hunting animals to indirect involvement; e.g., the environmental/animal impact of golf courses.
Claire Palmer (Texas A&M)
27 May 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 CEST. Free online event
Traditionally, the value and protection of ecological communities, wild places and species have been key concerns for environmental ethics. However, I’ll argue, the Anthropocene – that is, the current era of human dominance - raises significant challenges for these more traditional approaches. Pressure on planetary boundaries is becoming more urgent, and human influences more pervasive. Human attitudes to nature and animals in post-industrial countries are shifting, with more concern for animals’ welfare and lives. And radical technologies to mitigate climate change and other human impacts on the environment and wildlife are being developed. These changes raise new questions for environmental ethics, which I’ll discuss in this talk. Can (and should) wildness be protected in an era where human touch is everywhere? How should increasing concern for the lives and suffering of wild animals feed into conservation? Should technologies such as gene editing be used for conserving species, or to improve animal welfare? And given the growing urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises, how should ethicists respond most effectively?
PHAIR Research Presentations
27 May 2021, 11am EDT/4pm BST, free online event