Throughout the academic year, LEAP brings thought-provoking visitors to campus from the field of law and beyond. These speakers include lawmakers, scientists, investigative journalists, artists, authors, philosophers, advocates, and scholars who focus in diverse ways on understanding and improving humans’ understanding and treatment of other animals. These leading thinkers and doers visit campus to inspire, deepen, and elevate conversations, and to enrich and inform LEAP’s work. View our past events here.

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March 3 Wednesday

Racism, land loss, and the creation of modern agriculture

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.

February 17 Wednesday
February 3 Wednesday

Book talk—Wildlife as Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights with Karen Bradshaw

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.

October 28 Wednesday

Perilous Bounty: A Book Talk with Tom Philpott

The agricultural landscape in the United States appears bleak: gluttonous agri-corporations extract fertility from the soil and labor from workers.

October 21 Wednesday

What about Bugs? Why Insects Urgently Need Human Empathy & Action

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?

October 14 Wednesday

The Deregulation of the American Food System: How it Happened and a Way Forward

Join LEAP for an online lunch talk with Austin Frerick, deputy director of Yale's Thurman Arnold Project, an interdisciplinary center for antitrust enforcement and competition policy.

September 22 Tuesday

The “Pickle in the Middle”: The Competitive Issues Facing America’s Farmers

Please join the Thurman Arnold Project and the Law, Ethics, & Animals Program for an online lunch talk featuring Peter Carstensen on the topics below. Professor Carstensen is a senior fellow at the American Antitrust Institute, former attorney at the Antitrust Division at the Depatrment of Justice, and professor of law emeritus at the University of Wisconsin--Madison School of Law.

September 9 Wednesday

Rampant Covid-19 Infections & AWOL OSHA: Fighting Back Against the Exploitation of America’s Meatpacking Workers

More than 80 percent of frontline meatpacking workers are Black and Brown, more than half are immigrants, and nearly half live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power and the duty to protect these workers from unsafe work conditions, but during the COVID-19 pandemic and

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Other Events on Campus


The questions animals raise are highly interdisciplinary. Multiple Yale centers and programs are deeply engaged in and regularly host events to do with issues of animal law and ethics. These include:

The Yale Sustainable Foods Project’s Lazarus Events Series invites speakers to campus with a range of perspectives on and theories of food systems change. These guests include practitioners, academics, policymakers, advocates, and activists who generate critical thinking and discussion about food and agriculture, and their relationships to human values, science, and society.

Yale Macmillan Center Program in Agrarian Studies hosts a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of organized discussions by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.

The Environmental Humanities Initiative hosts and promotes campus events featuring humanities, science, and social science scholars focused on raising new research questions and providing fresh ways to approach long-standing issues in the humanities during this moment of profound environmental transformation.

The Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics’s Animal Ethics Study Group sponsors monthly lunch-time seminars and public lectures related to animal ethics issues throughout the academic year. For more information or to be added to their email list for upcoming study group meetings, reach out to animalethics@yale.edu.