Animal welfare expert Bernard Rollin speaks in Rapid City on Feb. 5 |

Animal welfare expert Bernard Rollin speaks in Rapid City on Feb. 5

BROOKINGS, SD – Bernard E. Rollin will conduct a presentation at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the Rapid City Civic Center Ice Arena. It is open to the public and is free of charge.

Rollin’s presentation is titled “Animal Rights as a Mainstream Phenomenon – Emerging Social Ethics for Animals.” Rollin is a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Animal Sciences, and University Bioethicist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership, Inc., a non-profit agency dedicated to identifying and developing leaders for South Dakota’s ag sector and rural communities, is sponsoring the presentation. For more information on SDARL, visit

Rollin taught the first ever course on veterinary medical ethics. That course since has become a required part of the veterinary curriculum at Colorado State University. He is a principal architect of 1985 federal legislation dealing with the welfare of experimental animals, and he has testified before Congress on animal experimentation.

Rollin has lectured extensively on animal ethics, genetic engineering, animal pain, animal research, animal agriculture, veterinary ethics and other topics in bioethics and philosophy to a wide-ranging number of audiences around the world. He also is the author of more than 500 papers and 17 books. He is best known for his book, “Animal Rights and Human Morality. The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science,” that was published in 1989.

Rollin’s most recent books include “The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions” and “Science and Ethics.”

Working with animal scientists and ranchers on alternatives to castration and branding and other issues since 1981, Rollin has taught a course for animal science students on ethical issues in animal agriculture, and he has addressed more than 20,000 ranchers and farmers on animal rights and animal agriculture. He has since been an instrumental figure in changing agriculture in ways that benefit both livestock and producers.

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