The BSAS Annual Conferences attract delegates from across the globe due to the Society’s reputation for offering a programme of… more
RSPCA ‘Animal Perspectives’ Workshop
The BSAS Annual Conferences attract delegates from across the globe due to the Society’s reputation for offering a programme of highly acclaimed speakers, and engaging workshops, and this year’s delegates will not be disappointed, as we announce the addition of the Early Career – Developing Talent Session - RSPCA ‘Animal Perspectives’ workshop to the BSAS 2021 virtual conference schedule.
This interactive workshop has been designed to challenge participants to reflect on their own perceptions and uses of animals, including animal sentience and welfare needs, to help them better identify animal welfare and ethical issues within their research careers and daily lives. This session will be of interest to both students and life scientists, including those already interested in the topic, those completely new to research, and those who already have experience of working with animals, their tissues, or data derived from them.
Attending this virtual workshop will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to reflect on the complexities and inconsistencies of our interactions with non-human animals. It encompasses a variety of contexts, including research, farming, companion animals and wildlife. Delegates will then be encouraged to discuss and debate how animals are valued, and treated, in different contexts, and reflect on their own opinions and choices.
Topics that will be addressed include:
- How do we perceive animals - do we value some more than others, and why?
- How do animals experience their interactions with humans?
- What does science tell us about animal sentience, cognition, and welfare needs?
- Case studies - participants will be asked to consider aspects of one more real-life case studies describing different uses of animals.
Split into two parts, in the first half, participants will be asked to consider and discuss the life of four pigs born into different scenarios: the wild, a laboratory, as a companion and as a farmed animal. They will then explore how animals are treated and perceived; and how the animals might experience their lives (and what quality of life they have); what kinds of ethical issues arise in each scenario; and what legislation is in place to regulate each use. The second half of the session involves breaking out into small groups to consider and discuss real-life case studies. The groups will then be asked to consider a series of questions such as ‘What harm would all the animals involved undergo?’ and ‘What do you think this activity says about the human-animal relationship?
Finally, to wrap up, each participant will be asked to (anonymously) set out their key take-home message, or action point, which will be collected and shared.
For further information on the BSAS 2021 Virtual Conference and to book tickets, click here