CreatureKid Animal Welfare (Christianity) - David Clough - Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium

Updated: Dec 20, 2021


Video from University of Winchester


"This is a recording of the talk 'Becoming CreatureKind: a new Christian framework for farmed-animal welfare' by Professor David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at University of Chester and Founder of CreatureKind. It was presented on 2nd November 2016 at the University of Winchester Animal Welfare and Hunting Symposium. About the speaker: David is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester and founder of CreatureKind, a project engaging churches in the UK and North America with the welfare of farmed animals. He is the author of the ground-breaking two-volume monograph On Animals, which explores the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics. He is President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics and Co-chair of the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. About the Animal Welfare Symposium Animal welfare is an increasingly important social concern. Advances in our understanding of animal sentience, of their capacities to suffer and experience pleasure, of their communicative and social characteristics, and others that are morally relevant, have increasingly led to a re-examination of their positions within and outwith our societies - and to a reconsideration of their moral status. A wide range of voices have challenged traditional social uses of animals, and have called for stronger measures to protect their welfare. Where have religious voices been in this debate, and what have they been telling us? How and why do ethical and religious perspectives on animals differ, among differing religious traditions? Some have been criticised for providing ideological support for the exploitation of animals. Are the various religions doing enough to protect animals and their welfare? Is there more they could, and should, be doing? A diverse range of experts will present the viewpoints of various major religions concerning animals and their welfare. Find out more about the symposium: http://www.winchester.ac.uk/newsandev..." from video introduction.

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