Racism and inequity have hampered efforts to improve the lives of non-human animals and created an animal movement that has often harmed marginalized groups. Can this ongoing history be undone? And how can mainstream animal advocacy become a movement by and for people of the global majority?
Join LEAP for an online lunch talk and moderated Q&A with Jo-Anne McArthur, founder and president of We Animals Media (WAM). WAM is a preeminent animal photojournalism agency, dedicated to documenting and sharing images of animals caught up in the human world. In addition to their published books, WAM’s network of photographers provide over 10,000 free photos of animals whose lives have become entangled in the food, fashion, research, and entertainment industries around the globe.
Scientists, philosophers, and laypeople agree that animals have consciousness, sculpted into different shapes by the same evolutionary mechanisms that created ours. But much about these mechanisms and their products remains mysterious: why and how would natural selection lead to sensation, or to subjective awareness? How fruitful is it to compare the quality of our consciousness to that of an octopus, a parrot, or a coral? This talk, moderated by LEAP Student Fellow Lindsay Stern (Ph.D. ‘23), will feature philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith discussing these questions and his new book about them, Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind.
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The modern food system, including the industrial factory farms and slaughterhouses that produce most of today’s meat, is the product of a long process of consolidation of power. Racism shaped this history: the number of Black farmers has dropped by 98% from a peak of 200,000 in the early 20th century, and this racism persists.
Human activity imperils biodiversity all over the world, by slicing up forests, paving grassland, spraying pesticides, generating mounds of roadkill, and raising the planet’s temperature. How can the law defend against this onslaught? In her new book, Wildlife as Property Owners, law professor Karen Bradshaw examines a legal tenet that enables this resource exploitation: the doctrine of exclusively human land rights.
The agricultural landscape in the United States appears bleak: gluttonous agri-corporations extract fertility from the soil and labor from workers.
Many studies from Europe, North American, and most recently the tropics, are reporting worrisome insect declines. Even insects that humans care for directly--honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators--have been suffering their own public health crises. The reduction in bug populations amounts to an excavation at the base of the food web that could unwind ecosystems around the world. Behind the question of what to do about the “insect apocalypse” lurks another challenge--how can entomologists and writers convince people to preserve such alien creatures?