Second World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights, Salvador Brazil, August 2010

David Cassuto

Animal Law is emerging in Brazil thanks to in large part to the efforts of some dedicated folks at the Federal University in Bahia.  Below follows a call for papers for the Second World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights which will be held in Salvador this August.  It is sponsored by the 
Instituto Abolicionista Animal.    

I’ll be speaking there and I hope to bring some Pace students with me.  Please spread the word and consider attending as well.



Faculdade de Direito/Law School

Programa de Pós-Graduação



II World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights:

perspectives for life on a changing planet



Salvador, Bahia/Brazil

Abril, 2010
Welcome message!

The Program of a Postgraduate degree in Law from Federal University of Bahia/Brazil and Abolitionist Animal Institute cordially invite you to participate in the II World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights, which will take place at Federal University of Bahia/Brazil, from 25 to 28 August 2010.

Brazil has been one of the most developed countries in modern Age. Salvador/Bahia was its first capital. It is a great honour for Salvador to host the Congress. The conference´s goal is to transform this city as a regional centre and facilitator for bioethics and animal rights.

After the experience of the First World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights, organizers would like to provide a greater atmosphere for debate and discussion on the future on Earth.

Therefore, the II World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights has as its theme – perspectives for life on a changing planet -.

The Earth is the habitat for all living beings and it will be at the center of discussions. The purpose will be creating an open space for the exchange of experiences between the various participating countries. We would like to share experiences and new cultures in the various international legal systems. As well, being a space for new forms of collaboration between researchers from around the world.

So do join us for the II World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights in August!

We look forward to welcoming you in 2010 in Salvador/Bahia/Brazil.

With best wishes and Axé

The Organizing Committee of the II World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights.

About Salvador/Bahia

Bahia is the fifth state of the country in territorial extension and represents 36,3% of the total area of the Brazilian Northeast and 6,64% of the national territory. From the 564.692,67 km² area, around 68,7% are in the semi-arid region, while the seashore which is the largest in Brazil, measures 1.183km, shelters different kinds of ecosystems and favors tourism with its rare beauty.

Home of cultural diversity, Bahia presents its range of tours and trips through Brazil’s history. From secular churches to the typical handcraft of small cities, the diversified faith of its people to the myths and rites of the local folklore, the state opens itself in a true mosaic of attractions for those who wish to unveil Bahia in all its grace and poetry.

Land of orixás, patuás (amulets) and babalorixás (Candomblé’s spiritual leaders); land of the cult of all saints, Bahia is also the land of all myths and rites. The different folkloric expressions exhibit the richness of the popular imaginary. Samba circles, Puxadas de Mastro, Capoeira, Terno de Reis, Bumba-meu-boi, Afoxé and many others add color, energy and display the unshakable faith of Bahia’s people all over Salvador and the countryside. A mosaic of festivals and celebrations of beliefs of African, indigenous and Portuguese origins, with the singular touch of Bahia.

Bahia’s people are the fruit of the miscegenation of the native indigenous people, the European and the African. We are a people of singular characteristics that are expressed in our culture and religiosity. Bahia’s people are, by nature and excellence, hospitable, welcoming, nice and merrymaking.

The miscegenation process started at the discovery time, when the Portuguese that settled here with the native indigenous women formed their families. The cycle continued with the arrival of African slaves from different ethnical groups.

II World Conference on Bioethics and Animal Rights

25 to 28 August  2010

Federal University of Bahia – Brazil

Theme: perspectives for life on a changing planet

Congress Website:

Congress Secretariat:

Submission of abstracts or travel grant applications to:

(Prior to submission, please check the Congress website for any changes to the submission process)

Deadline: 1 July 2010


REGISTRATION FEES(inclusive of taxes)  EarlyRegistration(before 1 May 2010)  LateRegistration(after 1 May 2010)  IAA Members
IAA MembersNB: To become an IAA member, please visit 
Students (Graduation) R$ 50,00 R$ 75,00 R$ 25,00
Students (Post graduation) R$ 75,00 R$ 100,00 R$ 50,00
Professionals R$ 125,00 R$ 150,00 R$ 100,00

Please note that registration fees must be paid in Brazilian money (R$). US$1 = R$ 1,80.


Congress Subthemes


Sexism, Racism, and speciesism

Sexismo, Racismo e Especismo


Climate change and endangered animals

Mudanças climáticas e animais em extinção


Animals and religion

Animais e religião


Antropologism and Intolerant

Antropologia e Intolerância (LEI)


Rights to live and to die

Direito de nascer e direito de morrer


Animals and politics

Animais na arena política

Veganism and starvation 

Veganismo e Fome no mundo


Life on Ethics

8 Responses

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  2. Please remember the plight of American Wild Horses and Burros. Their protections under the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act have all but disappeared, because of the 1984 Burns Amendment.

    The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and others contend these animals endanger wildlife and critical habitat, but the real danger comes from cattle grazing allotments permitted on their supposedly-protected areas.

    There are arguments that these are “feral” animals, “reintroduced” to the North American Continent. Numerous experts have submitted scientific evidence to the contrary, contending they meet the criteria for a “native” species. The U.S. Government refuses to recognize any of their findings, because these animals have become an “inconvenience” to their plans.

    The government is moving to end dependence on foreign energy sources, and wants to remove any impediments, including protections for these animals on their Herd Managment Areas, which stand in their way. Natural resource exploitors, cattle ranchers, and other developers just want these animals gone, because they covet their lands.

    The animals are also affected by climate change. Many roam areas that have experienced droughts. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s answer this is to remove these “starving animals”, although many appear to be doing quite well. The BLM then “zeros out” these Herd Management Areas, effectively removing them from their roles, but makes no effort to add an equivalent amount of land for relocation.

    Most herds are reduced below the recommended numbers for genetic viablity, leading to inbreeding and general deterioration of the animals. Many carry the blood of horses that came with the Spanish Conquistadors, provable by blood tests. Even these unique animals are targets for removal.

    The BLM manages vast territories, especially in the western U.S., and has the power to reassess and reconfigure both Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas. They chose not to do so because of reasons I have already stated.

    Again, please don’t forget American wild horses and burros. A combined national and international effort will be the only thing that brings widespread public attention to their plight, and saves them from eventually disappearing from their home ranges.

  3. In the 5th paragraph, I should have said, “The BLM OFTEN ‘zeros out’ these Herd Management Areas …”, since they sometimes don’t totally remove those acres from their roles, but consider them “unsuitable” acerage within the HMAs. This gives them an excuse to further reduce their “Appropriate Management Levels” for animals roaming those HMAs.

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  5. […] recommend visiting David’s blog entry about the conference for more information. Here’s a tidbit from the conference organizers: It […]

  6. […] her over to meet the organizer for the Salvador animal law conference  (read about it in English here)where I found him doing a brisk business selling copies of the Brazilian Animal Law Review (Revista […]

  7. […]  Before I do that, however, I will go to Salvador tomorrow to spend a few days talking about animal and environmental law with the good people at the Federal University of Bahia — the same folks who are hosting an international conference on bioethics and animal rights this summer. […]

  8. […] recommend visiting David’s blog entry about the conference for more information. Here’s a tidbit from the conference […]

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