Animals in Philosophy,
Politics, Law, and Ethics

What We Do

Research Themes

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.

Law, politics and governance are conceived as uniquely human activities in the western tradition — yet we live, and have always lived, in interspecies societies and polities.

About A.P.P.L.E.

Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics

In the burgeoning field of critical animal studies, Queen’s Philosophy is establishing a home for scholars focused on the ethical, legal and political dimensions of human-animal relationships.

We live in an unprecedented era of animal exploitation, habitat destruction, and species loss, prompting many to reconsider the ethics and sustainability of our treatment of non-human animals.

Our goal is to help bring ‘the animal question’ into the mainstream of academic research and public debate in Canada, focusing in particular on the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed.


Will Kymlicka
Will Kymlicka

Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s
Sue donaldson
Sue donaldson

Research Associate, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University

Queen’s is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, and of the animal nations with whom they have shared the land.


The Animal Turn Podcast

Hosted by Claudia Hirtenfelder