IMMEDIATE: 2 April 2011
A ground-breaking new journal covering the issue of animal ethics has been launched by a US and UK academic partnership with the goal of widening international debate about the moral status of animals. This month, the University of Illinois Press will publish the pioneering new Journal of Animal Ethics (JAE), the result of years of collaboration between the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the University Press.
The Journal of Animal Ethics, which is to be published bi-annually in the
summer and winter, is jointly edited by the internationally known theologian
the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for
Animal Ethics, and Professor Priscilla Cohn, Emeritus Professor of
Philosophy at Penn State University and Associate Director of the Centre.
The JAE is the first academic journal in the world to include the phrase
'animal ethics' in its title.
The Journal comprises: full-length scholarly articles, 'argument' pieces
in which authors will advance a particular perspective (usually related to
current affairs) or respond to a previous article, review or research
report, as well as review articles and book reviews. The JAE is devoted to
the exploration of progressive thought about animals and is
multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers
theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics that will be of interest to
academics from both the humanities and the sciences, as well as
professionals working in the field of animal protection. It aims to publish
ground-breaking work written by new and established academics from a wide
range of disciplines including anthropology, ethics, history, law,
literature, linguistics, political theory, religion and science. In the
first issue of the JAE: David M. Lavigne and William S. Lynn address
Canada's commercial seal hunt; Joel Marks writes on how animal suffering is
unrecognized in research; Andrew Fenton and Frederic Gilbert question the
use of animals in spinal cord research; Judith Benz-Schwarzburg and Andrew
Knight examine the cognitive abilities of animals and asks how long they can
be denied similar rights to humans; Grace Clement asks whether animals can
be classed as 'pets or meat'? Barbro Froding, Martin Peterson, and Mark J.
Rowlands debate whether animal ethics should be based on friendship, and Jan
Deckers and Jay B. McDaniel debate whether Whiteheadians should be
vegetarians. To subscribe to the Journal, please visit the Journal's website
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jane.html . Contributions to the
Journal are welcomed and submission guidelines can be found on the JAE's
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Notes to editors
-- The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, founded in 2006 by its director Professor Andrew Linzey, is an independent Centre with the aim of pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching and publication. The Centre has more than 50 Fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines from throughout the world. For more information about the Centre and its Fellows please see its website at www.oxfordanimalethics.com .
-- The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey is a Member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. He has written or edited 20 books, including Animal Theology (SCM Press/University of Illinois Press, 1994) and Creatures of the Same God (Winchester University Press, 2007), and Why Animal Suffering Matters (Oxford University Press, 2009).
-- Professor Priscilla N. Cohn is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at
Abington College, Penn State University. She has taught courses on animal
ethics for 35 years, and lectured on five continents. Her books include
Contraception in Wildlife, Book 1 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1996) and Ethics and
Wildlife (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999).
The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD
Centre's website: www.oxfordanimalethics.com