What We Do
Politics, law, governance, education, and advocacy.
Conferences, workshops and events organized or sponsored by APPLE.
Animal studies courses at Queen’s, and animals & politics reading group.
Publications by APPLE fellows, research and policy partners and advocacy groups, and recent publications in animals & politics.
Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics
Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s
Research Associate, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University
On May 18-19, 2018, the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics research group (APPLE) at Queen’s University will be hosting a workshop on the emerging topic of animal labour. For both humans and non-human animals, work is often an important dimension of life, and a fundamental determinant of well-being. At its best, work can
-> Continue reading Workshop on “Animal Labour: Ethical, Legal and Political Perspectives on Recognizing Animals’ Work”
The Philosophy Department at Queen’s University is hosting APPLE’s member Charlotte Blattner at the department’s weekly colloquium on March 15th, at 4pm in Watson Hall 517. Everyone welcome. Title: “Animals Are (Forced) Workers, Too — Individual and Collective Self-determination of Working Animals” Abstract: Can animals used for farming, research, circuses, zoos, or companion services be
-> Continue reading Charlotte Blattner on “Animals Are (Forced) Workers, Too”
The Queen’s Animal Justice Club has invited Elisabeth Ormandy, from University of British Columbia, at Queen’s university to give the talk “What Legal Protection do Animals in Science in Canada Have?” this week at Queen’s University. Dr Ormandy is also the Executive Director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute. Everyone is welcome to attend. Friday
-> Continue reading Elisabeth Ormandy on “What Legal Protection do Animals in Science in Canada Have?”
Join the Queen’s Animal Justice Club as we have doctoral candidate Jessica Eisen discuss contemporary Canadian dairy practices, the laws that protect (and sometimes fail to protect) animal welfare, and the many ways that law shapes the lives of farmed animals. This event will take place on November 20th at 4:30pm in Room 202 at
-> Continue reading Jessica Eisen talk on “Milked: Farmed Animals and the Law”
The Rotman Research Roundtable (University of Toronto) is holding an afternoon workshop on “Animals and Society” on Friday November 10, 2017, organized by Dr. Lisa Kramer. There is no charge for this event, but advance registration is required. Please visit the Rotman website for details and registration. SYNOPSIS: This half-day conference aims to bring together
-> Continue reading “Animals and Society” at the Rotman Research Roundtable
APPLE and the Lives of Animals Research Group are delighted to be hosting a series of events featuring Dr. Helena Pedersen (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) an internationally renowned scholar of critical animal pedagogy. Professor Pedersen is visiting under the auspices of the Principal’s International Visitor program, from October 16-18, 2017. Posthumanist Education: Rethinking Human-Animal Relations
-> Continue reading Animals in Science and Education Week featuring Dr. Helena Pedersen
On Saturday June 10, 2017, APPLE is hosting a conference on animal ethics and food ethics. Animal ethicists have always had a lot to say about food, but to date it has largely focused on a single issue: namely, whether it is unethical to raise and kill animals for food, and if so, whether there
-> Continue reading Workshop on “Veganism and Beyond: Food, Animals, Ethics”
Together with Montreal’s Centre for Ethics, APPLE co-sponsored a workshop on March 5, 2016 on the democratic representation of animals, held at UQAM in Montreal. In recent years, a number of political theorists have argued that all sentient animals, human or otherwise, can be the rightful recipients of justice. Since we live in a world in which animals
-> Continue reading Workshop on “Political Animals: Agency, Participation, and Representation”
This workshop on ethical approaches to science education and inquiry was co-sponsored by APPLE and Queen’s Faculty of Education. It took place on April 22, 2015. The format was a panel discussion featuring experts in humane science and alternatives to dissection and animal use, including an (optional) opportunity for hands-on investigation of alternative pedagogies. Panelists included: Jan Oakley,
-> Continue reading Workshop on “The Place of Animals in Science: Hidden Costs/Hidden Potential”
Thinking outside the Cage: Towards a Nonspeciesist Paradigm for Scientific Research was an APPLE-sponsored conference held at Queen’s in March 2014. Scientific research is currently governed on the premise that humans have a right to use sentient animals as subjects of harmful research for our benefit. What would a non-speciesist alternative look like? We invited
-> Continue reading Thinking outside the Cage: Towards a Nonspeciesist Paradigm for Scientific Research