Online Book Launch: The Ethics of Animal Shelters (2023, OUP)  

On June 28th 2023, 10 am–1 pm (EDT) you are invited to join an online celebration of the publication of The Ethics of Animals Shelters (2023, OUP), edited by Valéry Giroux (Centre for Research in Ethics), Angie Pepper (University of Roehampton), and Kristin Voigt (McGill University), and including contributions from many current and former A.P.P.L.E. fellows.

This edited volume addresses some of the many ethical challenges facing those who work tirelessly rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming animals in need. The book, which is the outcome of a collaboration between a group of ethicists and the Montreal SPCA, offers practical recommendations to those managing and working in animal shelters and examines the philosophical underpinnings of those recommendations. Topics covered include adoption policy, euthanasia and non-euthanasia killing, medical decision-making, shelter animal diets, and shelters’ role in transforming social norms and attitudes. The volume’s contributors include Frédéric Côté-BoudreauNicolas DelonÉlise DesaulniersValéry GirouxSue DonaldsonFrançois JaquetWill KymlickaAngela Martin,  Angie PepperAgnes Tam, and Kristin Voigt.  

The launch event will involve a brief introduction to the project and the book by the volume editors and Me Sophie Gaillard who is Director of Animal Advocacy and Legal and Government Affairs at the Montreal SPCA. This will be followed by a series of critical reflections presented by Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University), Karen Heistand (Royal Veterinary College), and Jessica du Toit (Western University), and responses by the volume contributors. The event will conclude with a general Q & A session. 

The event is free, and everyone interested in the project is welcome, but please register here to receive the Zoom link.  

OUP is offering a 30% discount code AAFLYG6 for those who wish to purchase the book here.