Workshop: What we owe to animals

The field of animal ethics is evolving rapidly. Since over 50 years, academic animal ethicists have been discussing the question of what moral agents owe to nonhuman animals. In the last decade, the political turn in animal ethics led to many publications about political duties owed to animals. Furthermore, animal ethicists started to investigate more in detail what, if anything, humans owe to wild animals. During the pre-workshop on Monday, 2nd of May at the University of Fribourg, the relationship of animal ethics and environmental ethics will be discussed. The aim of the main workshop on Tuesday, 3rd of May at the University of Basel is to discuss various in-progress articles in different domains in animal ethics.

Hybrid-Pre Workshop at the University of Fribourg

2. May 2022 at PER 2.223, Chemin du museé, 1700 Fribourg. Online also possible after registration.


13.15-14.15: Eze Paez (UPF): Protecting animals and preserving nature: two incompatible aims

14.15-15.30 Break

14.30- 15.30 Tristan Katz (Fribourg): Supporting interventions to reduce wild animal suffering with common-sense ethical principles

15.45-16.45 Break

15.45-16.45 Miriam Zemanova (Fribourg): Importance of the 3Rs principles in wildlife research

Main Workshop at the University of Basel

3. May 2022 at Room 035, Kollegienhaus, University of Basel, Petersplatz 1, 4001 Basel


10:00 – 10:10: Welcome

10:10 – 11:10: Francois Jaquet (Strasbourg): Speciesism: Towards an Operational Definition

11:15 – 12:15: Anna Wienhues (Zürich): Responsibility for Interspecies Justice

12:15 – 13:45: Lunch break

13:45 – 14:45: Eze Paez (Barcelona): Republican Freedom and Wild Animal Suffering

14:50 – 15:50: Federico Zuolo (Genoa): If you are an egalitarian, how come you are so inclusive? On inclusive equality in animal ethics and beyond

15:50 – 16:10: Break

16:10 – 17:10: Angela Martin (Basel): Entomophagy – what, if anything, do we owe to insects?

17:15 – 18:15: Felicitas Selter (Hannover): Respecting Fido’s autonomy? What we (don‘t) owe to animals in end-of-life decisions


  • Fribourg: For inscriptions to the event at the University of Fribourg, please contact until 28.4.2022. You will get the link to the event after registration.
  • Basel: There is limited space in the room at Basel University, and inscription is therefore obligatory. For inscription, write an email to until 28.4.2022.


  • SNSF research group ‘Beastly Politics’ of Prof. Dr. Angela Martin, Department of Philosophy, University of Basel
  • Laura Garcia Portela, Environnemental Science and Humanities Institute, University of Fribourg

2. May 2022 University of Fribourg

3. May 2022 University of Basel


Organzied with