Animals: Rights and Wrongs


This day school will introduce the basic elements of animal ethics.

Animal rights, animal welfare, the status of animals as property, and the concept of personhood (as applied to humans and nonhumans) will be discussed.

Questions asked include:

  • Are animals merely things or do they have moral value?
  • If animals have moral value, what are our moral obligations to them?
  • Is vegetarianism sufficient?
  • Is veganism required?
  • Can we justify domestication?
  • What are the implications of the status of animals as property?
  • Does (or can) the law sufficiently protect animal interests?
  • Is there any relationship between human rights and nonhuman rights?

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 3 April 2024.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House reception

Animal rights/animal welfare

Tea/coffee break

Animals as things/property or persons?

Lunch break

Our moral obligations to animals

Tea/coffee break

Human rights and nonhuman rights

End of day


Description Costs
Course Fee (includes tea/coffee) £99.00
Baguette Lunch £6.50
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £17.60


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Prof Gary Francione


Gary Francione is one of the world’s leading thinkers on animal ethics and formulated what is referred to as the Abolitionist theory of animal rights. He has been teaching animal ethics from a philosophical as well as a legal perspective for almost 40 years, and he was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school. He is the author of numerous popular books in the field and has been a guest on many radio and television shows. He is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at Rutgers University in the U.S., Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lincoln, Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and Tutor (philosophy) in the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. His most recent book on the topic is Why Veganism Matters: The Moral Status of Animals (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Dr Daniel Came


Daniel Came is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Philosophy at the University of Lincoln, where he co-teaches a course on Animal Ethics (with Gary Francione). Previously, he was a Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Worcester College, Oxford and College Lecturer in Philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford. He has published several books and articles on topics in ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and post-Kantian German philosophy, including Nietzsche on Morality and the Affirmation of Life (OUP, 2022) and Nietzsche on Religion (CUP, 2024).


Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form. 


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.