Podcast Episode for People, Pets, and Purpose: Drs. Kristin Voigt and Angie Pepper, Authors of “The Ethics of Animal Shelters”

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People, Pets, and Purpose is an interview-style podcast that explores the human-animal bond and what really matters. This show is hosted by Diaz Dixon—the Maddie’s® Advisor for External Affairs and Partnerships for the Human Animal Support Services project. The Human Animal Support Services project reimagines a world where the human and animal welfare industries work together to serve people and pets in need. Learn more about our work at humananimalsupportservices.org.

Episode Summary: Ethics are a large part of most conversations in animal welfare, and in this episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with two philosophers who explored exactly that. Dr. Kristin Voigt, associate professor at McGill University, and Dr. Angie Pepper, lecturer at the University of Roehampton, are two of the philosophers who set out to understand animal shelters and how ethical decisions are made where time, space, and resources are limited, and the stakes are literally life and death. The fascinating book that came from this project is The Ethics of Animal Shelters, which they talk about in this episode.
Period29 Nov 2023
Held atHuman Animal Support Services (HASS), United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • animal rights
  • animal shelters
  • ethics of killing
  • moral stress
  • animal ethics
  • non-ideal theory
  • Injustice