On World Nature Conservation Day (July 28th, 2021) which acknowledges that a healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and healthy society and that human beings must participate in protecting and conserving our nature, international experts will gather to share their views on the future of international wildlife conservation. This event is hosted by the Junior Fellows and Associate Members of the Global Research Network's Animals and Biodiversity Think Tank Programme.
This roundtable will take place on July 28th, 2021 at 6 pm (London time) on Zoom and will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel, available for replay afterwards. Tickets for the Zoom event are free, and will be provided at a first-come-first-served basis. Registrants who would like to attend the event but would not like to be recorded are encouraged to register for the Live Stream link.
This event is co-organised with the kind support and expertise of Animal Law Reform South Africa and Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa, both partners of the Animals & Biodiversity Think Tank Programme.
About the Keynote Speaker
Juan Carlos Vasquez, Chief of Legal Affairs and Compliance at CITES UNEP will be giving a keynote speech on the efficacy of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, followed by comments and responses by academics and NGO representatives. This will be followed by a discussion involving the audience, to reflect on key concerns related to wild animals and biodiversity.
This conversation is part of The Animal Justice and Animal Politics Conversation Series hosted by the Global Research Network Think Tank, Programme on Animals & Biodiversity, and chaired by Pablo P. Castello, Junior Fellow of the Think Tank, PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, and former researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law.
For more information on our animal conversation series, click here.
From its inception, ecofeminist scholarship has stressed that human and non-human animals lead entangled lives, and that we need to be sensitive to the bonds that exist between and among animals (human or otherwise), our shared vulnerabilities, and connection to earth and nature. Feminism, however, is not only a discipline or academic field, it is an everyday practice that requires attentiveness to what we do and how we do it. For this reason, ecofeminism is as much an academic field as a social movement that seeks to transform our political system through an ethic of care.
In this conversation, Lori Gruen, a leading philosopher and ecofeminist scholar, will walk us through the history of the ecofeminist movement and field. Lori will explain some of the key insights of her work, and discuss some contentious topics in the field: How can we empathise with those who do not wear shoes? What does a human-animal relationship entail? Does feminism entail a contextual veganism? We will end by imagining a more caring and attentive future: How can humans co-author the next ecofeminist steps with other animals?
About the Speaker
Lori Gruen is a leading scholar in Animal Studies and Feminist Philosophy. She is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011, second edition 2021), Critical Terms for Animal Studies (Chicago, 2018), Entangled Empathy (Lantern, 2015), Ethics of Captivity (Oxford, 2014), and Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with other Animals and the Earth (co-edited with Carol Adams, Bloomsbury 2014, second edition 2022). Her work in practical ethics and political philosophy focuses on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of colour, incarcerated people, and non-human animals. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics and was the founding chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan. Gruen has documented the history of The First 100 Chimpanzees in research in the US and has an evolving website that documents the journey to sanctuary of the remaining chimpanzees in research labs, The Last 1000.
During the second event in the Friday Tea Time Series, we will be sharing different mediums of art under the theme of 'Beyond Borders'.
We want to invite different narratives about how people interact with their work and how they wish to challenge what is being done in their field of work. We already tend to cope with "borders" in the national, international, personal and spiritual realms. We would like to open up this space through art to shed light on some of these paths and over come these borders.
Art submissions for this event are currently open. For more information about submission requirements, please click here. Artists who's submissions are successful will have a reserved space at this event and will not need to register for the link.
Registration for this event are open to those who would like to secure their place at the event.
This roundtable unites a diverse panel of specialists from zoos, animal rights groups, and the social, ethological and natural sciences who have thought about the status, needs, and interests of individual non-human animals residing in zoological parks. We want to initiate a discussion that explores whether and in what ways modern zoos can properly address the interests of the individual animals they care for while fulfilling their other priorities (including conservation, education, and entertainment). As artificial contexts that hold animals in captivity for public display in the name of conservation and environmental education, zoological parks manage the lives of these animals from birth until death for the benefit of collective species and ecosystems. However, some anti-zoo animal rights groups have criticized modern zoos as primarily entertainment venues that are inherently unable to consider wild animal interests. In addition, in adhering to an ethic of conservation, which traditionally focuses on collective species and ecosystems, zoo conservation priorities can sometimes clash with welfare priorities, which focus on an individual’s quality of life. Nevertheless, modern zoos have made several significant advancements in prioritizing animal well-being, where an ethical duty to satisfy individual interests and provide autonomy has been growing in importance. As places that provide opportunities for multi-species encounters, zoos have a powerful potential to foster coexistence and re-establish connections between nature and people. This discussion will explore these important issues.
Anne Safiya Clay (Moderator + giving a talk) – PhD candidate in Environmental Science and Policy, Dissertation on zoos, conservation, and animal welfare
Pablo Serra-Palao (moderator)
Pr. Véronique Servais has a Master in Psychology and a PhD in anthropology and studied human-animal interactions in zoos and trainer-dolphin’s affective relationships in a marine park. Currently in Belgium.
Heather Browning – Postdoctoral research officer in animal sentience and welfare and London school of economics, former zookeeper and welfare officer
Silvina Pezzatta – Animal legal scholar, wrote on Buenos Aires Zoo from an animal rights perspective
A panel discussion on the implementation of residence permits for victims of domestic violence as foreseen by art. 59 of the Istanbul Convention. The idea would be to invite four or five NGO practitioners from different countries who are working with these permits, and perhaps a GREVIO member.
When it comes to anti-discrimination laws, good intentions do not always lead to positive change on the ground. This panel discussion is aimed at shedding light on particular instances where policymakers in India and Europe failed to take into consideration the social realities of particularly vulnerable groups.
The panel discussion is hosted by Amit Anand and Preethi Lolaksha Nagaveni from the Think Tank on Human Rights, Family and Gender together with GRN Think Tank Programme Junior Fellow, Jasmin Beck.
Prof. Ruby Sibony from the University of Seville, Spain. Prof. Sibony has published both on immigration law and on gender-based violence, and she has worked with the local authorities in Andalusia to strengthen the protection of non-nationals from gender-based violence. She will provide insights into the European perspective on what the challenges are for well-meant legislative measures to translate into practice on the ground. In particular, she will enlighten us on the Spanish practice of implementing protection for immigrant women from domestic violence through specific residence permits.
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