David Clough Lecture Recap

February 6th – David Clough (Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester) delivered a moving and provocative lecture about why Christians in particular have powerful reasons to care about the well-being of nonhuman animals. Drawing on his landmark two-part monograph, On Animals (2012 and 2018), Clough outlined current trends in the treatment of nonhuman animals, considered the place of animal ethics in ethical life more generally, and offered a compact account of Christian thinking on creation and reconciliation as a backdrop for Christian animal ethics. There followed an articulation of the ethical stance that Clough believes that Christians should adopt – one that aims at a decisive reduction in the human consumption of animal products and which aims to change the current farming structures.