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Professor Gary Francione, Animal Rights and the Law Expert, to Speak at Canada’s Victoria Colloquium in Political, Social and Legal Theory

March 22, 2012 – 

Gary Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will present “Killing Animals” at the Victoria Colloquium in Political, Social and Legal Theory on Friday, March 23, 2012.

The colloquium is a forum at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for regular interdisciplinary exchange among faculty, graduate students, and upper-level LL.B students on critical issues in political, social and legal philosophy. Each academic year, the colloquium invites internationally recognized theorists to discuss an aspect of their work currently under development.

Professor Francione has been teaching animal rights and the law for more than 20 years and was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school. He is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his abolitionist theory of animal rights.

Professor Francione is the author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law, including The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (Columbia University Press, 2010); Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (Columbia University Press, 2008); Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000) (foreword by Alan Watson); Animals, Property, and the Law (1995) (foreword by William M. Kunstler); Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996); and Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection (with Anna E. Charlton) (1992). He has also written in the areas of copyright, patent law, and law and science.