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Is buying fur ethical?

| February 8, 2017

Is fur from fox ethical?

Buying fur products has been a long tradition, and for some a sign of luxury or simply a necessity. But is it ethical? Top academics from around the world will debate the ethics of the international fur trade at a Summer School at St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, from 23-26 July, 2017.

Philosophers, theologians, and ethicists will be among academics from more than 12 countries, including the US, India, Croatia, China, Brazil, Spain, Austria, Canada, Ireland, Estonia, Finland, and Italy.

The fur industry is a multi-million pound, multinational business, responsible for the deaths of tens of million animals, especially mink and fox every year. The task of the Summer School will be to interrogate and analyse the ethical claims of the fur industry.

The Summer School on the Ethics of Fur is being organised by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in partnership with Respect for Animals Educational Trust. The Centre pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication.

“We are making history,” said Centre Director the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, “since this is the first academic gathering worldwide on this issue.”

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