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Evergreen hosts renowned bioethicist, Dr. Bernard Rollin to discuss animal ethics on Tuesday, April 12

Published: April 05, 2011 3:00 PM

Event Dates: April 12, 2011 6:00 PM

On Tuesday April 12 at 6 pm in Seminar II C1105, The Evergreen State College will host groundbreaking bioethicist Dr. Bernard Rollin. The Evergreen State College is located at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW in Olympia. For directions to campus, please visit http://www.evergreen.edu/tour/gethere.htm

Rollin taught the first course ever in the world in veterinary medical ethics, which has been a required part of the veterinary curriculum at Colorado State University since 1978, and was a pioneer in reforming animal use in surgery teaching and laboratory exercises in veterinary colleges.

Rollin has lectured extensively on animal ethics, genetic engineering, animal pain, animal research, animal agriculture, veterinary ethics and other topics in bioethics and philosophy to audiences of medical researchers, attorneys, psychologists, philosophers, veterinarians, animal advocates, ranchers, farmers, government officials, students and others in the United States., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, England, Scotland, Italy, Poland, Holland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa.

He is a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Animal Sciences, and University Bioethicist at Colorado State University.

Rollin is a principal architect of 1985 federal legislation dealing with the welfare of experimental animals, and has testified before Congress on animal experimentation. He has consulted for various agencies of the governments of the United States., Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa on many aspects of animal research, for the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress on genetic engineering of animals, for the National Institutes of Health on animal pain, and for the World Health Organization on using antimicrobials in food animals. He has consulted for multinational corporations on a variety of animal issues.

Rollin is the author of over 500 papers and seventeen books, of which the best known is Animal Rights and Human Morality, which won an Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Association of University Libraries and is entering its third edition. 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, Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered, and The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions. His latest book, a memoir entitled Putting the Horse before Descartes: My Life's Work on Behalf of Animals, was released in 2011.

In 2008 Professor Rollin served on the widely publicized PEW Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. Dr. Rollin also serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Animal Partnership, which recently created a farm animal welfare certification program adopted by Whole Foods. Rollin was named to the Distinguished Faculty Gallery by the College of Veterinary Medicine at CSU in 1992. He has twice been awarded the Brownlee Award for outstanding achievement in Animal Welfare Science by the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. He was named University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University's highest honor, and was recognized as Eddy Professor, for excellence in teaching, both in 2001. In 2005, he and his business partners were awarded the Technology Transfer Award from the Colorado State University Research Foundation for the retinal identification company they founded, Optibrand. In 2005, he was awarded the Henry Spira Award in Animal Welfare by Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

Praise for Professor Rollin's work:

"Rollin's voice is an important one in the struggle for animal rights. Rollin brings a philosopher's voice of reason to the often heated debate about cruelty to animals."

--- Jane Goodall, PhD
Founder the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

"Professor Rollin is a serious man with an important message. He asks us not only to recognize that those who use animals have moral obligations for their care and respect, but also to translate this recognition into new habits. What he asks is reasonable and timely."

--- Journal of the American Medical Association

"Dr. Rollin is a pioneer who introduced both philosophy and the principles of ethical treatment of animals to veterinary school curricula all over the country. In the process, he convinced the schools to eliminate cruel laboratory experiments that were a standard part of the veterinary school curriculum. His book is an engaging combination of both philosophical principles and his experiences. It should be required reading for both veterinary and animal science students. I highly recommend this book to everybody who is interested in the ethical treatment of animals."

---Temple Grandin, PhD
Co-author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"...he is an academic but also a pragmatist and he applies his understanding of animal issues and human nature to achieve some pretty great successes for the cause."

---Wayne Pacelle,
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Humane Society of the United States

Contact

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The Evergreen State College
(360) 867-5213
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