Meaningful Lives of Animals is topic for Faculty Lecture

(04-13-2011)

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The final spring semester Adams State College Faculty Lecture "The Meaningful Lives of Animals", by Dr. George Backen, associate professor of philosophy, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

The moral status of animals determines how animals ought to be treated. If animals have a moral status such that their treatment in factory farms, circuses and labs is permissible, then there is no wrong between the butcher, cleaver and calf. But if our treatment of animals is impermissible, human history is a thoughtlessly ignored narrative of gratuitous cruelty. To clarify the moral status of animals, the following claims are developed: There are experiences that make for a meaningful life, such meaningful experiences are valuable and ought to be protected, and animals have such experiences.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or rjastalos@adams.edu.