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CASNR hosts renowned bioethicist; Bernard Rollin to discuss animal ethics

CASNR hosts renowned bioethicist; Bernard Rollin to discuss animal ethics

One of the nation’s groundbreaking bioethicists, Bernard Rollin, will be a featured speaker on Tuesday (April 22) at 6 p.m. in Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center. Hosted by Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Agricultural Awareness Week, admission to the animal rights and animal consciousness presentation is free and open to the public.

The title of Rollin’s presentation is, “Animal Rights as a Main Stream Phenomenon: Emerging Societal Ethics for Animals.” Program officials note that a reception adjacent to the center’s 189-seat auditorium will follow the speaking engagement. The International Cultural Center, located at 601 Indiana Ave., is directly south of the Texas Tech Museum.

Rollin taught one of the first courses in the world on veterinary medical ethics, which has been a required part of the veterinary curriculum at Colorado State since 1978. In addition, he was a pioneer in reforming animal use in surgery teaching and laboratory exercises in many veterinary colleges.

The Colorado State University distinguished professor has lectured extensively on animal ethics, genetic engineering, animal pain, animal research, animal agriculture, veterinary ethics and other topics in bioethics and philosophy to a variety of audiences across the globe. Currently, he’s a professor of philosophy, biomedical sciences and animal sciences at Colorado State University.

Rollin is the author of more than 500 papers and 17 books, of which is the well-known, Animal Rights and Human Morality, which won an Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Association of University Libraries. Other books by Rollin include:

  • The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science
  • The Experimental Animal in Biomedical Research
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • The Frankenstein Syndrome: Ethical and Social Issues in the Genetic Engineering of Animals
  • Veterinary Ethics: Theory and Cases
  • The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions
  • Putting the Horse before Descartes: My Life’s Work on Behalf of Animals

Among Rollin’s career highlights are:

  • Testifying before the U.S. Congress on animal experimentation
  • Consulting for the National Institutes of Health on animal pain
  • Consulting for the World Health Organization on using antimicrobials in food animals
  • Consulting for the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment on genetic engineering of animals
  • Principal architect of 1985 federal legislation dealing with the welfare of experimental animals
  • Consulting for various agencies of the U.S., Canadian and Australian governments on animal research.

Among his many awards is the prestigious Shomer Award, given by the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics to individuals who make significant contributions to veterinary medical ethics, for which he received a unanimous nomination. Recipients of the Shomer Award are acknowledged as leaders in the veterinary medical ethics field who have promoted and embodied veracity, compassion, courage and integrity.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or



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