Conference Information

Event:
The International Conference on "Animal Liberation, Animal Rights, and Equal Ecological Rights: Dialogues between Eastern and Western Philosophies and Religions" is held through the collaboration of Department of Religious Studies at Hsuan Chuang University, Life Conservationist Association and HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation.

Date/Venue:
Date :April 26th and 27th, 2014
Venue :Tzu-Yun International Conference Hall, Hsuan Chuang University
Address :48, Hsuan Chuang Road, Hsinchu City, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Overview:
With the on-going wide spreading of various zoonotic diseases such as avian flu, the need for comprehensive analysis, assessment and actions in animal welfare has never been greater. This conference will bring together leading experts around the world from NGOs and academia to share unique insights from their expertise in the disciplines of science, law, philosophy and religion for a deeper ethical discussion, by taking into account both animal protection and epidemic prevention. A range of keynote speeches, monographic lectures, paper presentations and panel discussions will provide dialogues surrounding animal and environmental issues, such as animal liberation, pet welfare, animal rights, environmental justice, etc.

Topics:

1 . Perspectives and strategies on animal protection in view of zoonotic diseases:
  Scholars and experts from a number of countries will exchange their knowledge and experience in epidemic control and make
  recommendations with the aim of making possible the promotion of public health and animal protection. Such international
  exchange will increase the awareness of zoonotic diseases, and serve as a reference on practical measures for public health
  officers and private institutions facing an outbreak of a communicable disease.

2 . Environmental justice & animal protection:
  Proponents of environmental justice are prepared to distinguish between what is naturally just and unjust through an
  environmental perspective. Rooted in the principle of wholeness, the movement of environmental justice advocates biodiversity
  conservation for sustainable development, and integrates human beings as an essential segment of the whole ecological system.
  Such theory is not consistent with the ideology of animal protection in various levels and in different aspects, which might reach
  a deadlock created by the tension between them. However, it does not rule out entirely the possibility for them to have a joint
  campaign. Multiple Taiwan organizations on environmental and animal protection, for example, have formed "The coalition of
  Ecological and Animal Conservation" to promote wildlife protection and animal welfare. With much anticipation, this conference
  looks forward to a profound dialogue in this field between Eastern and Western philosophers, religious scholars and social
  movement activists.

3 . Ethics and animal rights :
  The discussion will focus on animal rights, animal justice and animal protection, from  Eastern and Western religious and
  philosophical ethical perspectives, to facilitate interchange around Eastern and Western cultural values.

4 . Ethics into action- worldwide animal protection movements :
  The conference will also be dedicated to the development and the success of the animal protection movement in various
  countries. A range of presentations and discussions in this conference provide a rare chance for animal rights activists to expand
  their vision by sharing views and experiences.

Conference objectives:

1 . Provide a platform for knowledge exchange and experience sharing on related issues at international level.

2 . Develop mutual understanding between public health authorities and activists on preventive measures without sacrificing animal
  welfare.

3 . Bridge the gap between academia, the private sector and government for a positive communication to improve the welfare of
  economic farm animals, companion animals and wildlife in Taiwan.

4 . Communicate the significant value embraced by the convictions of animal protection and environmental justice.

5 . Increase participants' interests in exploring animal ethics issues, and stimulate further discussion on animal protection and
  environmental policy, by deliberating how to balance demands of ideal and reality.

6 . Allow our students to cultivate practical foreign language talents and, through a series of trainings, acquire knowledge in
  customs and rules of international etiquette.

Timetable/Schedule:

Opening ceremony speech
 April 26 th, 2014 at 8:30am-9:30am
 Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan
 Dr. Der Zen Liu, President of Hsuan Chuang University

Keynote speech
 April 26 th, 2014 at 10:00am-11:00am
 Moderator: Dr. Jien-Ming Jue, President of Huafan University
 Speaker: Prof. Peter Singer 
      "Animal Liberation: Past, Present and Future"

 April 26 th, 2014 at 11:00am-12:00am
 Speaker: Prof. Tom Regan 
      "Animal Rights: What They Are, and Why They Matter"

 April 27 th, 2014 at 8:30am-9:30am
 Moderator: Prof. Shiau Jenn-Bang, Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Central University
 Speaker: Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa
      "Buddhism and Environmental Movement in Thailand"

Invited speech 
 This two-day event will feature more than 30 paper presentations from distinguished speakers from England, France, Germany,
  India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In particular, a monographic section is planned
  around the theme over zoonotic diseases. It contains three unique lectures delivered by Prof. JorgLuy, Ms. Joyce D'Silva, and Prof.
  Lih-seng Yeh, a recognized expert on rabies in Taiwan.    

Roundtable meeting
 April 27 th, 2014 at 15:20pm-17:50pm
 Topic: "The Animal Protection and the strategy to counter zoonotic diseases"
 Moderator: Prof. Sechin Yeong-shyang Chien
 Participants: Prof. Peter Singer
       Prof. Tom Regan
       Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa
       Prof. Jorg Luy
       Council of Agriculture official
       President Der Zen Liu
       Prof. Kurtis Jai-Chyi Pei
       Chao-hwei Shih
       Jeff Zun-guo Zhou

Closing Ceremony
April 27 th, 2014 at 17:50pm-18:00pm

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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