THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL AND YORK UNIVERSITY TO HOST TV DEBATES ON ANIMAL RIGHTS AND GENETIC ENGINEERING
TORONTO, October 3, 1997 -- York University and the Discovery Channel have joined forces to host the first-ever Discovery Debates @York: two evenings of lively and informative debate on two very crucial scientific and social issues -- animal rights and genetic engineering.
On October 6 and 7, 1997, York University's Burton Auditorium will play host to television debates moderated by the Discovery Channel's Jay Ingram, featuring an array of notable Canadian and international scientists, scholars and activists. Ingram will also encourage participation and questions from the audience.
"This partnership with the Discovery Channel enables us to reach out to the community and involve them in a socially relevant discussion of these important scientific issues," said York President Dr. Lorna Marsden. "Students are attracted to York's science programs because they know that our researchers and scholars pay attention to the kinds of social and ethical issues being raised in these debates." "Animal Ethics: Should animals have rights?" will be the subject of debate on October 6. Throughout history, humans have alway used animals -- for work, clothing, protection and food. But where do we draw the line between necessity and luxury? Should animals be used to test cosmetics? What about research into life-threatening diseases?
Participants in this debate will try to answer these questions, and explore their differing philosophies about the relationship between animals and humans: Are animals sentient beings with legal rights? Or creatures meant for human consumption, companionship and profit?
Panelists for this debate include:
York University scholars who will be participating as audience members include Barbara Noske, a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the author of Humans and Animals.
The second debate, on October 7, will focus on the question: "Genetic Engineering: Are we trying to create perfect people?" With recent public attention focused on Dolly, the cloned sheep, this debate will tackle where we should draw the line in genetic engineering. Should we continue to benefit from genetic therapies and testing, or should legislation put a stop to this technology now?
Panelists for the October 7 debate include:
Both debates start at 7 p.m. in the Burton Auditorium in York's Fine Arts Building: the animal rights debate on Monday, October 6, and the genetic engineering debate on Tuesday, October 7. The debates will air this fall on the Discovery Channel.
Parking is free in Lot 1B after 6:45 p.m.
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