The U of I Animal Turn Research Cluster is back in person!!
Co-directors, Dr. Jamie Jones (English) and Dr. Jane Desmond (Anthropology) invite you to join us for a conversation with Prof. of Law and Philosophy Heidi Hurd to discuss her current work-in-progress, as we reconvene in person after the pandemic hiatus!
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, Feb 21. 4PM, 210 Levis Center
Are Animal Cruelty Laws Really About Animals?
Heidi M. Hurd Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Criminal provisions governing the treatment of animals reflect deep-seated ambivalence about who counts as the victim of animal cruelty, what constitutes the wrong of such cruelty, and what role criminal punishment ought to play in response to it. Unpacking the significant philosophical and doctrinal disagreements in these laws, I work through the ways in which animal cruelty provisions appear to be responsive to inconsistent views about the very point of the criminal law, reflecting the need for change.