The aim of the conference is to bring together academics from different areas (animal welfare, animal ethics, and animal studies in general) with politicians and a broad variety of interest groups. The conference offers a platform for exchange of information about research developments, debates about controversial political and ethical issues concerning the treatment of animals and a variety of cultural activities around animals.
The Minding Animals Conference 2012 will take place from July 4th to July 6th in Utrecht. The conference starts with an opening reception, followed by a public lecture by Prof. John Coetzee on Tuesday evening, July 3th. The conference ends with a public lecture by Prof. Marc Bekoff, followed by the conference dinner on Friday July 6th in the evening.