Announcement

2014 International Conference on “Animal Liberation, Animal Rights, and Equal Ecological Rights:
Dialogues between Eastern and Western Philosophies and Religions”

With great pleasure, we invite you to attend the 2014 International Conference on “Animal Liberation, Animal Rights, and Equal Ecological Rights: Dialogues between Eastern and Western Philosophies and Religions” on April 26th and 27th 2014 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Hsuan Chuang University, Life Conservationist Association and HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation.

I.Purpose
 With outbreaks of various zoonotic diseases such as SARS, mad cow disease, and avian flu during recent years, the needs for  
  comprehensive analysis, assessment and action in animal welfare have never been more critical. This conference will bring
  together leading experts and leaders around the world to present and share their expertise and insights from the disciplines of
  science, law, philosophy and religion, with the aim to prevent and control epidemic spreading without sacrificing animal rights.

II.Topics
 The conference will feature a comprehensive program including keynote speeches, special lectures, podium presentations and a
 roundtable discussion surrounding animal and environmental issues. Four major topics will be covered:
 1.Perspectives and strategies on animal protection in view of zoonotic diseases
 2.Environmental justice and animal protection
 3.Ethics and animal rights
 4.Ethics into action- worldwide animal protection movements 
 Presentations at this conference will be delivered in either Chinese or English, all with simultaneous English-Chinese
 interpretation..

III.Conference Program
  Keynote Speeches
  Speaker: Prof. Peter Singer
  Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, and
  Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria,, Australia
  Title: Animal Liberation: Past, Present and Future
  Speaker: Prof. Tom Regan
  Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University, Raleigh,
  North Carolina, USA
  Title: Animal Rights: What They Are, and Why They Matter
  Speaker: Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa
  Founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Thailand
  Title: Buddhism and Environmental Movement in Thailand

  Special Lectures
  A special session is planned around the theme over zoonotic diseases. Three unique lectures will be presented by:
  Prof. Jorg Luy
  Private Research and Consulting Institute for Applied Ethics and Animal Protection INSTET in Berlin; Fachbereich   
  Veterinarmedizin der Freien Universitat Berlin, Germany
  Ambassador Joyce D'Silva
  Compassion in World Farming, United Kingdom
  Prof. Lih-seng Yeh
  Institute of Veterinary Clinical Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

  Paper presentations
  This two-day event will feature more than 30 podium presentations by distinguished speakers worldwide, scholars and activists
  from China, France, Hong Kong SAR (PROC), India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand in alphabetic order. In
  accordance with the four topics mentioned above, the presentations will focus on and facilitate inter-religious dialogues in
  philosophy and animal protection movements.

  Special Issue Roundtable
  To wrap up the conference, we will hold a roundtable discussion with the leading experts, scholars, and activists in the fields of
  animal protection and zoonotic disease control.

  For full details, please visit the program link at:
  http://animalethics.hcu.edu.tw/eng/Program.html

IV.Conference Information
  Date and Time
  Date: April 26th and 27th, 2014
  Time: 8 AM to 6 PM

  Conference Center
  Location: Tzu Yun & Saint Yin International Conference Hall, Hsuan Chuang University
  Address : 48, Hsuan Chuang Road, Hsinchu City, Taiwan, R.O.C.

  Registration
  Registration Deadline is Thursday, April 10, 2014.
  The conference is open to the general public, academics (researchers, faculties, and students), activists, and the media.
  Refreshments and vegetarian lunches and dinners will be provided. No registration fee is applicable. Due to limited seats,
  however, advance registration is required.

  For registration, please download the registration form from our website at   
  http://animalethics.hcu.edu.tw/eng/registration.html, and return it to the Conference office (via fax or email). For all questions   regarding the conference, email hong.shi@msa.hinet.net or yschena@ms6.hinet.net or call conference office 886-3-498-7325.

  Conference Website
  http://animalethics.hcu.edu.tw/eng/index.html

  Conference Office
  Buddhist Honghshi College
  Address: No.121-5, Ta-Toung Village, Kuan-Yin Township, Tau-Yuan County 328, Taiwan
  Email: hong.shi@msa.hinet.net or yschena@ms6.hinet.net
  Phone: 886-3-498-7325
  Fax: 886-3-498-6123

V.Conference Organizers
  Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University
  Life Conservationist Association
  HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation

VI.Conference Sponsors
  Ministry of Science and Technology, ROC
  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.
  Ministry of Education, R.O.C.
  Hsuan Chuang University

Organizers

Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University

Life Conservationist Association

HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation

Sponsors

Ministry of Science and Technology,Republic of China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.

Ministry of Education, R.O.C.

Hsuan Chuang University

Co-Organizers

Hsuan Chuang University Research Center For Applied Ethics

Buddhist HongShi College