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.
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.
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
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
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
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:
Date and Time
Date: April 26th and 27th, 2014
Time: 8 AM to 6 PM
Location: Tzu Yun & Saint Yin International Conference Hall, Hsuan Chuang University
Address : 48, Hsuan Chuang Road, Hsinchu City, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call conference office 886-3-498-7325.
Buddhist Honghshi College
Address: No.121-5, Ta-Toung Village, Kuan-Yin Township, Tau-Yuan County 328, Taiwan
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University
Life Conservationist Association
HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation
Ministry of Science and Technology, ROC
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.
Ministry of Education, R.O.C.
Hsuan Chuang University