Slaughterhouses and animal testing laboratories are a more repressed part of our society. Universities are places of enlightenment. In a self-reflective way, universities must also address topics such as the relationship between humans animals.
The young Faculty of Medicine at the JKU wants to forge new paths when it comes to animal testing without taking a categorical a priori position. Can we made progress and medical advancements without harming animals? Or can the alternatives only supplement and reduce conventional experiments without replacing them completely?
In order to even be permitted, animal testing must be indispensable in order to acquire new knowledge. This is the wording under the Animal Testing Act. The Faculty of Medicine, however, wants to commit itself beyond the Animal Testing Act. Decisive aspects include the applicable standards and who will ensure compliance to these standards. The JKU is currently considering various models.
To address these issues and more, the JKU will launch a public discussion in the form of a live stream (video conference). Those interested can take part in the discussion via the YouTube chat feature. The first discussion round will take place on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 2:00 PM.
In Dialogue with the JKU
Friday, May 22, 2020
Part 1: Ethical Aspects of the Relationship between Human and Animals
Discussion Panel: Michael Rosenberger, Madeleine Petrovic, Clemens Schmitt, Meinhard Lukas. Moderator: Christine Haiden
Treating Animals with Respect
The first installment of this discussion series will focus on the ethical aspects in the relationship between humans and animals. Journalist Christine Haiden will serve as moderator as JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas welcomes moral theologian Prof. Michael Rosenberger (Catholic Private University Linz), Dr. Madeleine Petrovic (President of the Vienna Animal Welfare Association), Prof. Clemens Schmitt (Oncologist at the JKU Faculty of Medicine).