Richard Ryder speaking at the Critical Perspectives on Animals in Society conference at Exeter University.

The Critical Perspectives on Animals in Society Conference took place on Saturday, March 10 at the University of Exeter. It was organised by a group of scholars based at various universities throughout Britain. About 150 students, teachers, animal advocates and authors were in attendance. Presentations included speakers not only based in the United Kingdom but also the European Union.

My presentation, ‘Animal Rights: Moral Crusade or Political Movement?‘, is available to read here.

Long-standing animal advocate and author, Richard D. Ryder, gave the keynote presentation. He focused on key issues to successful campaigns, drawing from examples of successful initiatives from his many decades of activities. Other presentations explored such issues as animal law, the badger ‘cull’, representation of animals in the Bible and Marxism and a social theory of animal liberation.

The organisers are to be congratulated on a very successful and informative conference.

3 comments on “Critical Perspectives on Animals in Society Conference

  • HI Kim

    Remember me! It’s been so long (you know the whole Akhtar clan from the early days at PETA). Anyway, I am now a Neurologist and public health specialist. I work in the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the FDA and am a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. I recently published the book: Animals and Public Health. Why Treating Animals Better is Critical for human welfare. You can find out more at my website

    Wonndering if you can do a review of my book (I can mail a copy to you) and consider me for future spekaing engagements on any topic concerning the overlap of animal rights/protection and human health (domestic violence/animal abuse, wildlife trade, factory farming, vivisection)

    I also have recently published an article in the Journal of Public Health Policy.

    Can you please let folks know about the article? (The more hots the link gets, the greater the visibility).

    Thanks! Feel free to contact me anytime- my cell is 240-672-4931


    • Aysha,
      Yes, of course, I remember you! It’s great to hear from you. Congratulations on all your accomplishments. I will email you a response. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Cheers for now, Kim

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