Animal Rights

Ever the controversialist: Peter Singer on speciesism

Michael Cook | 30 May 2015 | Comments
tags: animal rights, Peter Singer, speciesism
Is speciesism worse than racism? In a certain sense, yes, says the doyen of utilitarian philosophers.

Non-human rights battle continues

Xavier Symons | 25 April 2015 | Comments
tags: animal rights, human exceptionalism, law, personhood, US
A New York State judge has ordered Stony Brook University to justify its detention of two chimpanzees.

Animal welfare abuses exposed at Nebraska research farm

Michael Cook | 24 January 2015 | Comments
tags: animal rights, animal welfare
The Obama Administration has reacted swiftly to a scathing report on animal welfare at a Federal government laboratory in Nebraska

Are chimpanzees persons?

Xavier Symons | 20 December 2014 | Comments
tags: animal rights, law, personhood
The argument about non-human personhood has surfaced once again – this time in a New York State Supreme Court.

Fish belong in our moral circle, says Australian researcher

Michael Cook | 27 June 2014 | Comments
tags: animal rights, fish
Review of mental ability shows fish are on par with most animals

Great suffering software!

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: animal rights, robot ethics, software
Oxford bioethicist Anders Sandberg asks whether software can suffer. If so, what are the ethics of creating, modifying and deleting it from our hard drives?

‘Treat researchers with contempt’: new animal rights advert

Xavier Symons | 16 May 2014 | Comments
tags: animal rights, research ethics
A new animal rights advertisement has sparked controversy in Germany. It vilifies an animal physiology researcher from the University of Bremen, and calls upon the public to treat researchers who experiment on animals with contempt.

Battling to make animals persons

Xavier Symons | 27 April 2014 | Comments
tags: animal rights, personhood
Attorney Steven Wise defends his quest to gain legal standing and justice for animals in the US.

UK releases report on animals in research

Michael Cook | 08 February 2014 | Comments
tags: animal experiments, animal rights, animal welfare, UK
The government has refused to cap the number of experiments, but affirms its commitment to welfare.

A small breach in the personhood barrier

Xavier Symons | 21 December 2013 | Comments
tags: animal rights, personhood
Earlier this month an American animal rights group made a push to gain legal recognition for the personhood of non-animals.

Yale to host conference on non-human personhood

Michael Cook | 13 April 2013 | Comments
tags: animal rights, enhancement, personhood
A conference to be held at Yale University in December brings together animal rights activists and fans of human enhancement who are interested in the rights of robots and aliens.

Blow to Germany’s animal lovers

Michael Cook | 07 December 2012 | Comments
tags: animal rights, bestiality, human dignity, natural law, new frontiers
Germany is a very big blip on the radar of BioEdge’s Reproductive Revolution Weirdness Watch this week.

Vegan bioethics, or why Peter Singer is cruel to animals

Michael Cook | 16 October 2012 | Comments
tags: animal abolitionism, animal rights, Gary Francione, Peter Singer
An interview with Gary Francione, the world’s leading animal “abolitionist”.

Human exceptionalism is for the birds

Michael Cook | 07 September 2012 | Comments
tags: animal rights, personhood
Here’s something we missed about the uniqueness of human beings. In July the Francis Crick Memorial Conference, at Cambridge University, decided that we aren’t as exceptional as we once believed.

Finger-lickin’ good is not a good enough reason

Michael Cook | 16 June 2012 | Comments
tags: animal rights, personhood
More chicken are killed by humans than any other land animal. This is morally wrong, argues an Australian bioethicist

US to curtail chimpanzee research after report

Michael Cook | 17 December 2011 | Comments
tags: animal rights, research
Given that chimpanzees are so closely related to us, American researchers should allow them to be used in biomedical research only under stringent conditions, says a report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. These include the absence of any other suitable model and inability to ethically perform the research on people.

Chimpanzee hepatitis C research in the firing line

Jared Yee | 18 November 2011 | Comments
tags: animal rights, research
Experiments on chimpanzees have often horrified animal rights advocates and worried the medical community.

South Korean scientists make glow-in-the-dark dog

Jared Yee | 03 August 2011 | Comments
tags: animal rights, genetic engineering
South Korean scientists have genetically engineered a dog which glows in the dark.

Approach Frankenstein experiments gingerly, says UK report

Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 | Comments
tags: animal rights, personhood, transhumanism
Mixing human and animal material should be approached with great caution, says the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in a report issued yesterday. But it recommends that some highly controversial experiments should be allowed to proceed, including modifying an animal’s brain to make it more human-like and the generation or propagation of functional human germ cells in animals.

Academics claim that calling animals ‘pets’ is insulting

Jared Yee | 07 May 2011 | Comments
tags: animal rights, UK
In what may seem a slightly hysterical semantic move, leading academics have claimed that animal lovers should stop calling their domestic animals ‘pets’, because the term is insulting.

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