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Environmental and Urban Studies Program and Bard Center for Environmental Policy present

Environment, Ethics, and the Factory Farm: A Lecture by Professor Cassuto

Thursday, February 27, 2014

[Environment, Ethics, and the Factory Farm: A Lecture by Professor Cassuto]

Pace University's noted environmental law and animal rights scholar, Professor David Cassuto, will visit Bard to offer an important lecture on his recent scholarship entitled Environment, Ethics, and the Factory Farm.

What are the ethics behind factory farming? This talk focuses on the ethical and environmental implications of factory farming, while defining those implications through the lens of animal law.

Farms have become factories, and the animals raised in those factories are simply commodities. That is why we cannot have a discussion about environmental ethics without having a discussion of what we do when we eat. It’s not just a discussion about the law. It’s a discussion about how we live in the world. Where factory-farmed animals spend their entire lives is an environmental issue. They are the environment. Not only are they the environment, they are also living, sentient, feeling beings who are experiencing what it’s like to be in those cages.

Cassuto argues that environmental law and environmental ethics are interwoven and animals are part of the environment. Thus environmentalism and environmental law must do more than react to the pollution that animal mistreatment generates; it must address the mistreatment itself. No ethical system could do otherwise.

In addition to his work on animal rights law, Professor Cassuto is also the founder and co-director of the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE). To see Professor Cassuto’s full biography, please visit our website at


Download: MAP Cassuto Lecture 2_27_14.pdf

For more information, call 845-758-7071, or e-mail

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Olin Language Center, Room 115