Fauna is honored to have hosted the working Chimpopolis group at Fauna this weekend. This group includes ethicists and philosophers in animal rights working to improve conditions for research primates in Canada. Several members including several authors, gave short presentations of their work for staff and volunteers at Fauna, followed by some lively discussion. (Above: Dr. John Gluck reads from his book Voracious Animal and Vulnerable Animals.)
Our first speaker was Letitia Meynell Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy (Cross-Appointed with Gender and Women’s Studies) at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Meynell is also a member of the Chimpopolis Grant Group. Dr. Meynell specializes in philosophy of science, epistemology, and feminist philosophy, with her research focusing on the epistemology of pictures and thought experiments, feminist critiques of biology, and issues involving our knowledge of and interaction with nonhuman animals.
Sue Donaldson, M.A. and Will Klymlicka Ph.D, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada read from and discussed their book Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights. Zoopolis advocates for improved treatment of nonhuman animals by humans by changing the way we view non-humans through the application of a framework of citizenship theory and the principles of liberal-democratic justice and human rights.
John Gluck, Ph.D is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Senior Advisor to the President on Animal Research Ethics and Welfare at the University of New Mexico. He is also a Research Professor at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
In this book Voracious Animal and Vulnerable Animals, Dr. Gluck describes his experiences of working in a Primate Lab and using animals in research followed by his transformation into an animal rights activist advocating for greater, more open conversation on the ethics of animal research and better respect for nonhuman animals and their best interests.
The Fauna team are grateful to the presenters for such an informative and engaging presentation. For those of you who would like to read their informative books, you can follow the links below.