Animal Ethics - a family day out

grey curious company


Join us for a fun, family-friendly day exploring Animal Ethics in the wonderful Oxford University Museum of Natural History!

Events include mini-lectures, crafts, games and one-to-one performances by the fabulous Curious Company. Meet Mr Chirrup and his lovely insect friends, who, along with academics from the Uehiro Centre will help you explore issues around conservation, genetics, how we treat ugly animals, insects, and even animal robotics!


No booking is necessary. If you have any questions about the event please email the Festival of Arguments

Lecture theatre programme

11.00 Do animals matter morally? If so, how much, and which ones? (Asher Soryl, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)

12:00 Is swatting mosquitoes self-defence? (Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute)

13:00 Ligers, Zonkeys and Zorses: is it okay to cross species boundaries? (Katrien Devolder, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics) 

14:00 Forget lions - how do we conserve ugly animals? (Tom Moorhouse, Zoology) 

15:00  If animals matter morally, should robots too? (Siddhant Gangapurwala and robot dog, Oxford Robotics Institute)


We will be joined by artist Zuhura Plummer, who will be drawing the lectures as they take place. 

Please remember - no feed or drink is permitted in the lecture theatre. 

Ground floor programme

11:30, 13:30, 14:40  Meet Mr Chirrup and friends!

All day Meet ethicists and colleagues from around the University to discuss animal ethics in the wonderful setting of the Museum. Post up your ideas on our Ideas boards, sample edible insects, and take part in our children's craft activities. 

This event is part of the Oxford Uehiro Centre's annual Festival of Arguments, a free public festival exploring how to think critically about life in the twenty-first century.