Ethics and Welfare

What are the ethical concerns we need to consider in the future production and consumption of meat and its alternatives (such as plant-based alternatives and other ‘novel proteins’)?

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Toolika Rastogi

Policy and Research Manager, Humane Canada

Dr. Toolika Rastogi leads the Humane Canada research program, including the national shelter statistics program and various animal welfare research projects. She represents Humane Canada on the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and on Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives campaign, as well as a number of other multi-stakeholder committees, on which she advocates for animals. From 2015 to 2018, Toolika was the national animal welfare Representative on the National Farm Animal Care Council’s Executive committee. Toolika also managed the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty, a Humane Canada program that advances the effective and efficient prosecution of animal cruelty cases, from its inception in 2015 until 2017. Toolika holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, a postdoctoral certificate in Conservation Genetics and a Master’s in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development Policy. Prior to joining Humane Canada, she worked in the areas of biodiversity conservation and environmental safety, both internationally with the OECD, and in Canada with Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Her policy work in these areas allowed her to contribute to the development of international environmental agreements and drafting of federal legislation for environmental protection.

Andrew Fenton

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University

Andrew Fenton is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University. Dr. Fenton received his B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy and Comparative Religion from Acadia University, his M.A. in Philosophy from Dalhousie University, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Calgary. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Novel Tech Ethics bioethics research group at Dalhousie University (under the supervision of Dr. Françoise Baylis, CRC Bioethics and Philosophy) and remains an active team member of NTE Impact Ethics. He primarily teaches in applied ethics but has also taught courses in animal philosophy and philosophy of religion. He has authored or co-authored papers that appear in such journals as Biology and Philosophy, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Developing World Bioethics, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Neuroethics, Public Health Ethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, and The Monist as well as several chapters and a recent co-authored book on chimpanzee rights (Routledge).

Donald W. Bruckner

Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University

Donald Bruckner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University, New Kensington. His research publications are mainly in ethics and focus on a variety of theoretical and applied issues, especially human well-being and animal and food ethics. He and his wife live on a small Pennsylvania farm where they raise vegetables and livestock, hunt deer, and collect roadkill for consumption.

Tovar Cerulli

Consultant, Speaker, and Author, The Mindful Carnivore

Tovar Cerulli is author of The Mindful Carnivore, which has earned praise from hunters, ecologists, and vegetarians alike. Focused on bridging diverse views and values, he serves as a thought partner for leaders and teams across sectors. He has delivered keynote talks on sensitive topics for diverse audiences at state, national, and international gatherings and has published numerous essays and articles on food, values, and conservation. He is currently a Director with the the social change communication firm, Metropolitan Group, and holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.