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

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

On June 28th 2023, 10 am–1 pm (EDT) you are invited to join us online in celebrating 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).

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-Boudreau, Nicolas Delon, Élise Desaulniers, Valéry Giroux, Sue Donaldson, François Jaquet, Will Kymlicka, Angela Martin, Angie Pepper, Agnes 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.

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Period28 Jun 2023
Held atSchool of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


  • animal shelters
  • animal ethics
  • animal rights
  • veterinarian science
  • animal welfare
  • animal rescue
  • injustice
  • social justice