What is the moral status of animals? In 2015 Professor Christine Nicol teamed up with a comedian and BBC Radio 4 to find out with “Would you eat an alien?” Through a series of interviews with vets, animal welfare scientists, philosophers and wildlife biologists, Professor Nicol explored our relationship with animals, asking how a spaceman crash landing on a remote planet might weigh up the pain, distress and suffering of various edible creatures, taking into account their awareness and relationship to others.
In the Wooldridge Memorial Lecture Professor Nicol will draw on her experiences in making the radio programme, and explore how animal welfare science has developed our ability to assess animals’ interests. Professor Nicol will address the debate around the different concerns of sentient animals, socially bonded animals, and those with some awareness of their own future.
- Speaker: Professor Christine Nicol MA DPhil(Oxon), Professor of Animal Welfare School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol
- Session chaired by Gudrun Ravetz, BVSc MRCVS, BVA President, September 2016 – September 2017
Running time: 56 minutes.
Part of BVA Congress at London Vet Show 2016.