Jul 15 | 9:00 - 10:30 am PDT
New Ethical Issues in Contemporary Veganism
Cheryl Abbate, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Animal ethicists have long argued that farming land animals (e.g, pigs, cows, and chickens) and, more recently, fish for food is wrong. But complicated ethical questions remain about the consumption of these and other kinds of animals (and animal by-products). Is it, for instance, permissible to eat a chicken sandwich found in a dumpster? Is it permissible to eat roadkill? What about animals that seem to be insentient, such as oysters, mussels, and scallops? What about the eggs from a chicken living in an animal sanctuary? In her talk, Abbate will defend a moral framework that enables us to answer these, and other related complicated questions about meat ethics, in a morally consistent way.

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Cheryl Abbate is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who specializes in theoretical and applied ethics, especially animal ethics. She created and teaches UNLV’s first animal ethics course, which has a service-learning component. She has published over 30 academic pieces on the ethical treatment of animals, and her research can be found in leading philosophy journals, including Philosophical Studies, Utilitas, European Journal of Philosophy, Acta Analytica, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, the Journal of Social Philosophy, Social Epistemology, and Social Theory and Practice. She is also the co-editor of New Omnivorism and Strict Veganism: Critical Perspectives (Routledge).