20th - 22nd of January 2017

Hosted by Reaseheath College, UK.

Should wild animals held in captivity be allowed to breed, if the consequence is that the off-spring must be killed? Do fish have welfare? Are animals ethical beings? Can individual animals be sacrificed for the sake of the species? These and many other ethical questions will be discussed during the course. The focus is the ethical issues that our relationship with wild animals raises. Few will question that we should take care of wild animals. How we are supposed to do that is, however, a much more complex question. The answers to that depends both on extensive knowledge about the animals in question and the values that we base our relationship with the animals on.

We offer discussions that bring the knowledge and experience of the participants into play, exercises that challenge your assumptions and lectures that provide up-to-date knowledge of the scientific and philosophical framework. The course provide no definite answers to the ethical issues but provides a flash-light to see more clearly the values involved in our relationship with wild animals and a language in which to discuss the difficult ethical choices that need to be made.

Download program Practical Animal Ethics

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Mickey Gjerris PhD is an Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. He holds a master of Theology and a Ph.D. in Bioethics. Since 2004 he has worked at natural scientific institutions with different aspects of the ethical relationship between humans and nature, focusing on areas such as animals, agriculture, biotechnology, climate change and ecology. He has published extensively on these subjects and put out several books on the subjects of ethics and nature. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Danish Ethical Council, an advisory body to the Danish Parliament. More information on Mickey can be found here (Danish) and here (English).
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Sabrina Brando is a psychologist with a MSc in Animal Studies, interested in the human-animal relationship. She has in interest in animal welfare, particularly from the 24/7 across lifespan approach, how various systems and working methods affect animals short-and long-term. She is the owner of AnimalConcepts and works world wide in the field of animal welfare and animal advocacy, a short bio can be found by clicking here. Sabrina is involved in various research and writing projects on animal cognition, behaviour and welfare.
Selected publications:

  • Gjerris M (2014): The willed blindness of humans: animal welfare and beyond. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental ethics (Online first)

  • Röcklinsberg H, Gamborg C, and Gjerris M (2014): A case for integrity: gains from including more than animal welfare in animal ethics committee deliberations. Lab Anim, 48: 61-71

  • Gjerris M, Nielsen MEJ and Sandøe P (2013): The good, the right and the fair. An introduction to ethics. College Publications, London

  • Gjerris M, Huber R, Lassen J, Olsson IAS and Sandøe P (2013): Transgenic Livestock: The ethical concerns and the ethical debate, in Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer Verlag

  • Gjerris M, Gamborg C, Röcklinsberg H & Anthony R (2011): The Price of Responsibility: Ethics of Animal Husbandry in a Time of Climate Change. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 24: 331-350

  • Sabrina I. C. A. Brando & Judith Benz-Schwarzburg (2015) Chapter on Marine mammals ethics. Lexikon der Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen, 232 - 235. Publisher transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany.

  • Sabrina I. C. A. Brando (2015) Chapter on Circus ethics. Lexikon der Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen, 431 - 435. Publisher transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany.

  • Sabrina I. C. A. Brando & Jes Harfeld (2014) Eating Animals at the Zoo. Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Vol. 12, 1, 63-88.

  • Sabrina I. C. A. Brando (2012) Animal Learning and Training: Implications for Animal Welfare. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. Vol. 15, 3, 387 - 398.

  • Sabrina I. C. A. Brando (2010) Advances in Husbandry Training in Marine Mammal Care Programs. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23,777-791.


This seminar will be held in English.


Registration includes lectures, workshops and certificate of attendance.

Regular registration GBP 95
Reaseheath student registration GBP 60 (fulltime students only)
Student registration GBP 65 (fulltime students only)



Reaseheath College
Nantwich, Cheshire East
United Kingdom
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Participants will receive a confirmation upon reception of the registration form. You are then officially registered. Cancellations received at least 3 month prior to the first day of the conference or workshop will be honoured and fees, if already paid, refunded, less a processing fee. Cancellations made after this date up to 2 months before the start will be refunded at 50% (even if invoice is not yet send and if payment is still outstanding). Cancellations made less then 1 month before the seminar are not refunded (even if invoice is not yet send and if payment is still outstanding). In fairness to all attendees, confirmed participants who do not attend their scheduled workshop or conference are liable for the entire fee unless other arrangements have been made with AnimalConcepts prior to the start of the event. AnimalConcepts is a registered company under Dutch law, and by accepting the cancellation policy at registration you agree and are bound to these laws, regardless of your geographically area. All payments have to be received prior to the start of the seminar, if this is not possible then only a cash payment on the day will allow access to the event.