Human-Animal News


Online lecture series on Corona: Animals during lock-down (May 2020)

Coordination: Herwig Grimm & Kerstin Weich, Messerli Research Institute/Vetmeduni Vienna

„What are the effects of coronavirus and resulting preventive measures on animals and the human-animal relationship? This public online lecture series on Animals during lock-down made room for this question in an otherwise human-centered public debate.“


Alexander Rabitsch 1

„Grenzen dicht – auch für Tiere? Tiertransporte im lock-down“ (in German)
Recording 2


Birte Wrage 3 (Messerli Research Institute):

 „We are the virus, nature is healing” – Narratives of nature and the human-animal relationship during lock-down on social media (in English)

Recording 4


Maximilian Benatar, Berlin Zoo

„Alltag Lockdown - Betrachtungen zum Zoo in der Pandemie“?

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Shruti Ragavan, Phd cand.

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

„Some thoughts on the Bovine Economy in India during lockdown“

Recording 5


Prof. Dr. Roland Borgards, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/Main (in German)

„Coronale Tiere“
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Podcast: Susana Monsó in Wuide Goas (April 2020)

Susana Monsó talks about her research and the importance of animal ethics for the human-animal relationship as part of the podcast Wuide Goas, hosted by the Vetmeduni student Daniela Diepold. 7


Article: Rats are us (March 2020)

In this article in the online magazine Aeon, Susana Monsó and Kristin Andrews discuss similarities between rat and primate research and dissimilarities in concern about the two species. They highlight the moral costs of animal experimentation, and argue that if they are acknowledged in primate research, they should not be overlooked in the case of rats. 8


Book: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare.

In Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers?, Judith Benz-Schwarzburg reveals the scope and relevance of cognitive kinship between humans and non-human animals. She presents a wide range of empirical studies on culture, language and theory of mind in animals and then leads us to ask why such complex socio-cognitive abilities in animals matter. Her focus is on ethical theory as well as on the practical ways in which we use animals. Are great apes maybe better described as non-human persons? Should we really use dolphins as entertainers or therapists? Benz-Schwarzburg demonstrates how much we know already about animals’ capabilities and needs and how this knowledge should inform the ways in which we treat animals in captivity and in the wild. 9


Documentary and discussion: Kangaroo - A love-hate story

SHIFTING VALUES lädt Sie zur Erstvorführung des Aufdecker-Dokumentarfilmes Kangaroo – a Love-Hate Story ein.

Vom geliebten Symboltier eines ganzen Kontinentes zur bejagten Plage.
Ein Imagewandel mit Konsequenzen.

“No Kangaroos in Austria”. Oft verwendet, gerne zitiert … aber leider falsch. Sie treffen Kängurus sehr wohl in Österreich an und zwar nicht nur im Zoo, sondern im Tierfutter, als exotisches Fleischgericht oder als Leder. Hinter einer aufkommenden „Känguru-Industrie“ stecken jedoch auch unermessliches Leid, irreführende Daten und Hygieneprobleme.

Ort: Cine Center, Fleischmarkt 6, 1010 Wien
Zeit: 24. Mai 2018, ab 19.00 Uhr. Filmstart ist um 19.30 Uhr mit anschließender Diskussion und Anwesenheit des Produzenten, Mick McIntyre.

Film auf Englisch mit deutschem Untertitel.

Sichern Sie sich Ihre Karte unter: contact(at)

Persönliche Anmeldung erforderlich, da es nur ein begrenztes Kartenkontingent gibt.

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International Conference: Dimensions of Vulnerability

Dr. Martin Huth (Messerli Research Institute/University of Vienna)
Dr. Gerhard Thonhauser (Free University Berlin/University of Vienna)

April 5th and 6th, 2018, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

University of Vienna, Department of Philosophy,
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
Lecture Rooms 3D & 3F

All interested persons are cordially invited!

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Conference: Moral agency in the relationship of humans, animals and machines

The capacity to moral reflection was so far reserved to humans. However, when animals and machines are interacting with us, who is responsible? Must we admit moral ability to them? Do only humans have rights and obligations? The expert conference will discuss current issues of the responsibility in relationships of humans, animals and machines.

Date: October 12 and 13, 2016

Place: Tutzing at the Starnberger See (near Munich)

The Unit Ethics and Human-Animal-Studies is co-organiser. For more information about the programme and the possibility of online registration, please visit the website of Institute TTN: 12


Minds of Animals: Reflections on the Human – non-Human Continuum

An international workshop at the University of Bern, September 27-28, 2016

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Call for Papers for doctoral students or early postdocs 14


Conference Announcement & Call for Abstracts: Ethics and the future Veterinary Professional

Utrecht, 19-20 May 2016

Utrecht University in cooperation with
Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Medical University of Vienna and University of Vienna, Austria
The European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe)
The Royal Netherlands Association of Veterinarians (KNMvD)
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)

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Workshop: Animal Ethics and Law in Life Sciences

Research in life sciences can involve suffering and killing of animals. Whereas the ethical dimension is fundamental in other disciplines (e.g. medicine), it is rarely discussed in biology. This trans-disciplinary event aims to encourage an open debate about the issues connected to research involving animals, by providing perspectives of biologists, philosophers and lawyers.

March 17–18, 2016
University of Bern, Switzerland

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Conference: Animal Encounters: Human-Animal-Contacts in the Arts, Literature, Culture and the Sciences

International Conference at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department for German and Comparative Studies

25th to 27th November 2016

Confirmed keynote speakers: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University, Middletown CT),
Roland Borgards (Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg)

Call for Papers & more Information 17


Conference: Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation (PE-3C)

International Conference
7-9 July 2016, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Organised by: Wageningen University and School of Oriental and African
Studies, University of London

Call for Papers and more information 18


13th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics

Food futures: ethics, science and culture

EurSAFE 2016 is a forum for discussion of ethical issues around food, including production, consumption, marketing, policy and health. The future perspective and the utopian tradition as a driving force and inspiration for changes in society are central to the congress. However, general contributions to agricultural, animal and food ethics are also welcome.

University of Porto, Portugal
28 September - 1 October 2016

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Conference: 'With their skins on them, and ... their souls in them': Towards a Vegan Theory. (Kopie 1)

An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
31st May 2016
University of Oxford

Call for papers and more information 20


Wild Beasts. Images of Animal Aggression, Violence and Brutality

international and interdisciplinary workshop

Hamburg, Wartburg-Haus
June 9-11, 2016

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Winchester Hunting Symposium

A one-day Symposium hosted by the Centre for Animal Welfare and the Institute for Value Studies

28 November 2015
University of Winchester

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14th Triennial IAHAIO International Conference Paris

Unveiling a new paradigm: Hai in a mainstream

11-13 July 2016, Paris

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AWSELVA Autumn Conference: From Research to Practice

30th September 2015 to 4th October 2015
Great Eastern Hall
SS Great Britain
United Kingdom

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Announcement of the University of Winnipeg

The 2015 Fall Institute is a multidisciplinary course exploring the idea of “the animal” in the Western moral imagination. All students are welcome to enroll. All guest lectures are open to the public.

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Animal Biographies – Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration?

International Conference
9-11 March 2016, University of Kassel, Germany
Deadline: 21 August 2015

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Animal Ethics Essay Prize

Animal Ethics invites submissions for the 1st Animal Ethics Essay Prize on the suffering of animals in nature and intervention in the wild.



Workshop "The Self in Time”

Workshop "The Self in Time” from 30 July to 1 August 2015 – Prospective Cognition in Animals and Humans

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First Time in World History Judge Recognizes Two Chimpanzees as Legal Persons

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Doctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities

(March 18, 2015) The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe research group ( 29) is now seeking applicants for twelve PhD/doctoral researchers.



OZSW Spring School 2015

(January 26, 2015) The Dutch Research School for Philosophy (OZSW) and the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University invite to a five-day spring school on Ethical Theory and Moral Practice from 20-24 April 2015.



Rosalind-Franklin Fellowship

(November 3, 2014) The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Niederlande) advertises a Rosalind-Franklin-Fellowship in Philosophy.

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New Animals and Media Website

(November 3, 2014) Media scholars Debra Merskin and Carrie Freeman announce their new website.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies

(November 3, 2014) The Queen’s University invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies.



Guest lectures in the LOEWE focus in Kassel

(October 28, 2014) DThe University of Kassel is going to host a lecture series within the LOEWE focus „Tier – Mensch – Gesellschaft: Ansätze einer interdisziplinären Tierforschung“.



Call: EurSafe 2015

(May 9, 2014) Abstracts for the 12th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics can be submitted by December 1, 2014.




(March 27, 2014) A new group of student will start in the interuniversity Master's programme MEi:CogSci in October 2014.

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New Master's programme: Philosophy, Science and Society

(February 10, 2014) The Tilburg University (Netherlands) is going to launch a new Master's programme "Philosophy, Science and Society" in September 2014.

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Anthology Animal Minds & Animal Ethics

(October 10, 2013) The anthology "Animal Minds & Animal Ethics", edited by Klaus Petrus and Markus Wild, has been launched.

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LOEWE focus on human-animal interactions

(July 15, 2013) The University of Kassel is going to start a new LOEWE special focus on human-animal interactions.

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Swiss animal experiments statistics 2012

(June 28, 2013) The number of animal experiments in Switzerland declined by 8.4 % in 2012.

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Hightech medicine for animals?

(June 10, 2013) Better therapies for animals lead to new ethical challenges for vets.

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Constitutional status for water and animal protection

(May 24, 2013) On May 23, 2013, the Austrian governing parties and the FPÖ agreed on elevating wat er and animal protection to constitutional status.

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No animal tests for beauty anymore

(March 12, 2013) On March 11, 2013, the EU-wide ban of cosmetics tested on animals came into effect.

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Great apes don't ape

(March 4, 2013) Chimpanzees might learn less from imitating than we thought.

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Mental exercise for chimpanzees

(February 28, 2013) Two British scientists found out that also chimpanzees like to riddle just for fun.

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Call for papers: Conference for Critical Animal Studies

(February 26, 2013)  The 3rd Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies will be held from November 28-30, 2013, in Karlsruhe.



No polar bears in zoos?

(February 25, 2013) In Germany there are discussions on banishing elephants, polar bears and primates from zoos.

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Mouse models fail to model human organisms

(February 11, 2013) Especially in the context of inflammations the results of studies with mice obviously can't be transferred well to human organisms.

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Stomach-wise from wolf to dog

(January 28, 2013) Wolves might have been domesticated by human sedentarism.

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Prawns experiencing pain

(January 18,2013) An experiment on shore crabs indicates that invertebrates experience pain in a similar way as humans do.

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No great apes for animal experiments on bord of United Airlines

(January 9, 2013) The Us airline United Airlines will not carry great apes for animal experiment anymore.

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Winners of the “Animals and Society Course Awards 2012”

(January 8, 2013) Three institutes at Universities in Sweden and in the US were awarded the "Animals and Society Award 2012".

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Imitating nature

(December 13, 2012) Scientists from Innsbruck are working on cell culture systems that could make a lot of animal experiments redundant.

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Skillful black birds

(December 13, 2012) Scientists from the Department of Cognitive Biology at the Unviersity of Vienna are trying to find out how corvids share their knowledge among them.

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Animal experiment act passed by parliamentary commission

(November 29, 2012) On November 28, 2012, the new animal experiment act was passed by the parliamentary science commission.

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Genome of the pig is sequenced

(November 19, 2012) The genome of the pig is sequenced, reports Nature.

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Passage of new animal experiment act is imminent

(November 16, 2012) Also after the new animal experiment act has been passed in the cabinet the discussion goes on.

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Moral aspects of fish consumption

(November 15, 2012) Philosopher Markus Wild explains in an interview why there are more similarities than differences between fish and meat consumption.

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TierQuarTier Vienna

(November 14, 2012) A state-of-the-art centre for animal welfare is being built in Vienna.

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Pleading for lab animal science

(October 6, 2012) A group of German scientists published in impulse paper to incite the debate on the situation of lab animals.

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Book recommendation

(July 25, 2012) A new book by Margot Michel, Daniela Kühne und Julia Hänni (Eds.) deals with the question how we are supposed to treat animals from an ethical and legal point of view.

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