6 September 2010
Theologian's Work for Animals Honoured by RSPCA
The RSPCA is to give
one of its highest awards, the Lord Erskine Award, to Oxford theologian, the
Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey at a special ceremony to be held at the
RSPCA Headquarters in Horsham on Saturday 11th September 2010.
Professor Andrew Linzey is one of the world's leading ethicists on the
status of animals and the pre-eminent theologian on animal issues. He is the
founder and the Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (www.oxfordanimalethics.com)
and a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford. This is
the first time that the award has been given to a theologian.
hearing of the award, Professor Linzey said: 'This is a tremendous
affirmation of the work we have been doing at the Oxford Centre for Animal
Ethics. I am happy to accept this award on behalf of all the fellows of the
Centre who are pioneering ethical perspectives on animals.'
Professor Linzey has written or edited more than 20 books including seminal
works on animals: Animal Theology (1994), Animal Gospel (1999), Creatures of
the Same God (2004), and The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
(2009). His latest book, Why Animal Suffering Matters published by Oxford
University Press in 2009 has been described as 'a paradigmatic example of
how practical ethics ought to be done'. (Christopher Libby, Journal for the
Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 4.1. 2010).
Andrew Linzey is
also Honorary Professor at the University of Winchester, and Special
Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In addition, he is the first
Henry Bergh Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological
Foundation, Indiana. The post is named after Henry Bergh, the founder of the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and
pioneer in animal protection.
The RSPCA's award is named after Lord
Erskine (1750'1823) who pioneered the first anti-cruelty legislation in the
United Kingdom. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (as it
then was) was founded a year after his death in 1824.
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Notes to editors
A photograph of Professor Linzey is available.
Please contact Sam Calvert.
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was
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
The Centre is dedicated to the
memory of the celebrated Catalan philosopher Jos' Ferrater Mora. His
prodigious scholarship is widely acclaimed, and the Centre honours his name
because of his outstanding contribution to humanitarian thought,
particularly in the area of animal ethics.