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Jan 28, 2007
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The Ferrater Mora Oxford Animal Ethics Centre

We want to welcome the creation of an academic centre for the furthering of the case of rights for nonhuman animals worldwide.

 The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics has been created with the aim of putting nonhuman animals on the intellectual agenda.

As its website explains, the Centre is the world’s first academy dedicated to the enhancement of the ethical status of animals through academic publication, teaching and research. It will act as an international, independent think tank for the advancement of progressive thought about animals.

The Director of the Centre, Oxford theologian, the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, said when the centre was presented: “There is a strong rational case for animals, which has been recognised over the centuries by academics and philosophers. What is needed is for this rational case to be much better known.” He added: “We must strive to ensure animal issues are highlighted and rationally discussed throughout society - we cannot change the world for animals without changing our ideas about them. The Centre will promote ethical attitudes and contribute to informed public debate.”

The Associate Director of the Centre Professor Priscilla Cohn, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University, said: “It seems to us that academics should take the lead in helping to foster a new kind of debate about animals – one that goes beyond slogans and stereotypes.”

The Centre is named after the distinguished Spanish Philosopher, José Ferrater Mora, who courageously spoke out against bull-fighting in Spain.

More than 100 academics from 10 countries have supported the Centre.

You can visit the Centre’s website at:

www.oxfordanimalethics.com

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