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Ceremony Award CyO to Máster in Animal Law and PETA

2016.06.14

FUNDACIÓ CyO AWARDS ITS CyO “RESPECT FOR ANIMALS” PRIZE TO THE MASTER IN ANIMAL LAW AND SOCIETY


Organized by: Fundación CyO
Date: Friday, 3 June 2016
Place: Meeting Room of the Law Faculty of the UAB (Sala de Juntas de la Facultat de Dret), Building B, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra – Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona)
Time: 19:00

The Fundació CyO has selected the Master in Animal Law and Society of the UAB and PETA Germany to receive the award in the “Respect for Animals” category that the Foundation delivers each year.

PROGRAM
19.00. Opening by Dr. Esther Zapater , Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB

7:15 p.m. Award presentation by Alberto Martinez on behalf of the Foundation CyO

7:30 p.m. Award "Respect for Animals" CYO to PETA Europe. Presents the award, Steven Wise, President of the NON -HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT. Speech of Krishna Singh , on behalf of PETA Europe.

7:45 p.m. Award "Respect for Animals" CYO to the Master Program in Animal Law and Society of the UAB. Presents the award, Josep Maldonado founder of APDDA. Speech of Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela, on behalf of the Master Program.

8:00 p.m. . Intervention by a representative of the Alumni of the Master (Ms Núria Murlà Ribot ) and two students of the current Edition (5) of the Master (Tarah Daly and Macarena Montes)

20.15 . Closing of the the event, by Dr . Esther Zapater , Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB

Ceremonia
Good afternoon and welcome,
Thank you very much for joining us in this ceremony for the “CONTRATAS Y OBRAS RESPETO A LOS ANIMALES” (Respect to the Animals) Awards, fifteenth and sixteenth edition.

Assistants to the Awards ceremony CyO “Respect for Animals”


We cannot start this event without thanking the Faculty of Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and especially the persons who made the Master in Animal Law a reality, with the guidance of tutor and instructor Mrs. Marita Candela, for the opportunity they give us to investiture the awards of this boardroom. We also want to thank Mr. Josep Maldonado for his presence, as well as Mr. Steve Wise.

L-R: Macarena Montes Franceschini, Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela (Director of the Master in Animal Law and Society and of the ICALP), Krishna Singh (PETA), Steven Wise (NonHuman Rights Project), Dr. Esther Zapater (Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB), Fernando Turró (Founder and CEO of the company Contratas y Obras), Alberto Martínez (CyO), Josep Maldonado (founder and member of APDDA – ParliamentaryAssociation for the Defense of Animals), Núria Murlà (ICALP)


The “ Respeto a los Animales “ awards were established by Contratas y Obras company, 16 years ago at the continuing lack of precisely respect by our species to the NON HUMAN species.

We are convinced that the culture of respect is a key to the progress of the human society today. It is therefore necessary and encourages all kinds of actions in order to avoid any kind of violence against animals. This is a scourge unfortunately deeply rooted in the times in which human beings are considered supreme to the rest of the living beings which many profess utter contempt.

L-R: Krishna Singh (PETA EUROPE), Dr, Esther Zapater (Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB), Steven Wise (NonHuman Rights Project)


To transform this society and make the change here where the present people crave, is necessary that everyone is informed and trained. Information to understand that there is some sentient beings that are created privileged and can live from the suffering of others. To quote Jorge Reichmann “ALL ANIMALS ARE BROTHERS " and as we say, we ALL come from the same place.

Therefore, we continue to work to put aside our self-centeredness and extend our activities and actions for the good of all animals, human and nonhuman. We have a long way to go, until we ensure that the rights of animals are equal.

Opening Speech by Dr. Esther Zapater (Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB)


We say that there still remains a lot to be done, because our economic system as we know it is based on the exploitation of natural, human and economical resources. If little has been done since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights UN, what chance do the nonhumans have to defend themselves by using their language and the law?

L-R: Krishna Singh (PETA EUROPE), Josep Maldonado (Founder and member of APDDA – ParliamentaryAssociation for the Defense of Animals), Núria Murlà (ICALP), Alberto Martínez (CyO), Dr. Esther Zapater (Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB), Steven Wise (NonHuman Rights Project), Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela (Director of the Master in Animal Law and Society and of the ICALP), Dr. Carlos Contreras (ICALP), Fernando Turró (Founder and CEO of the company Contratas y Obras)


In this context, we extend our gratitude to people like Steve Wise, for the great work that they are developing in order to initiate a response from our law for even a bigger respect and equality between humans and nonhumans.

Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela (Director of the Master Program in Animal Law and Society and ICALP) during her speech


With the “CONTRATAS Y OBRAS RESPETO A LOS ANIMALES” award, we want to clarify that we are not the specimen that dictates the rules and that we shouldn’t govern the rights of all living beings. Each species has its own rules and what we have to do is respect this fact and live in harmony.

This is the spirit that has guided the application of the awards for 16 years now, supporting journalists who report animal abuse of sentient beings, mainly for human consumption and therefore against intensive farming and for supporting the work of organizations and individuals worked in this same line.

Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela (Director of the Master Program in Animal Law and Society and ICALP) during her speech


During this time, recognized media as the Spanish Television, La Vanguardia , El Mundo, Onda Cero , National Radio of Spain and organizations such as the “Igualdad Animal” (Animal Equality) have obtained the “CONTRATAS Y OBRAS RESPETO A LOS ANIMALES” award for their public commitment to the defense of NO HUMAN rights.

Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela (Director of the Master Program in Animal Law and Society and ICALP) during her speech


The merit of journalists ( Carlota de la Fuente, Javier Rebollo , Jesus Mosterín , Rosa de las Nieves, Miguel Escudero , Nativel Preciado, Bru Rovira, Albert Castillón , Francisco Rego , Carolina Pinedo , Jordi Bigues , Joan Sella, Manel Arranz and Antoni Ortí ) to publish stories on this topic is huge. The pressures of many economic sectors for not talking about this reality are very distressing but they still continue to report and transmit accurate information to the society to gradually reach the respect for all living things that we have mentioned earlier. In Contratas y Obras, we are aware that this initiative is like a drop in the sea and that the work we have ahead of us is still a lot. However, we also know that every step we take forward brings us even closer to our goal.

L.R: Krishna Singh (PETA EUROPE), Josep Maldonado (Founder and member of APDDA – ParliamentaryAssociation for the Defense of Animals), Dr. Esther Zapater (Dean of the Law Faculty of the UAB), Steven Wise (NonHuman Rights Project), Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela (Director of the Master Program in Animal Law and Society and of the ICALP), Fernando Turró (Founder and CEO of the company Contratas y Obras)


The awards jury is comprised of:

Wang Chen, head of the Casa Del Tibet in Barcelona
Josep Maldonado, founder and member of the parliamentarian association “Defensa Animal” (Animal Protection)
Jesús Mosterín, philosopher and environmentalist
Jordi Bigues, environmental activist and journalist
Fernando Turró, founder and administrator of the Contratas y Obras company

Poster of the CyO’s Award “Respect for Animals”


At the meeting that was held last April, the jury studied all the received proposals/nominations and determined who was worthy of this award. Adopted anonimously and recognized by its fifteenth Edition the PETA Europe organization for its great development public work awareness campaigns to highlight and denounce the current situation that animals are facing and for its trementous work to improve animal welfare all around the world.

UAB Law Faculty’s Boardroom


PETA’s public campaigns are generating a high social impact that also allow the media to include in their agendas the situation of animal welfare.

The award’s handover to Peta was done by Mr. Steve Wise, law professor at several US and worldwide universities and a tireless fighter and promoter of the nonhuman rights.

Meanwhile, the jury of the “Contratas y Obras Respeto a los Animales” Awards has also adopted unanimously to hand the second sixteenth edition’s award to the class of the Master degree in Animal Law at the UAB for their commendable and exclusive work throughout Spain for being trained from legally to sensitized professionals and concerned about animal welfare all around the world. A work that is already being developed for 6 years now and dozens of people around the world have been able to imbibe its philosophy and exceptional legal level.
The award’s handover to the class of Master degree in Animal Law, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona was done by Mr. Josep Maldonado, former deputy, former senator, founder of parliamentary advocates of animal rights and president of the NGO International Esport Solidari.


[SPEECH OF Mr, Krishna Singh DE PETA]
I wish to express my gratitude to the jury and all members and of the Contratas y Obras foundation as well as the representatives of the UAB for allowing me to be here today to receive the 15th edition of the CyO award tonight for PETA’s work on the goal of Animal Rights.

Receiving the Respeto-a-los-Animales-award is a huge honour and privilege to us.
It shows that PETA’s work against all forms of animal exploitation - be it for food, clothes, experimentation or entertainment - is being recognized and supported by the CyO foundation, a foundation that has contributed to the improvement of social, environmental, cultural and economic conditions of many disadvantaged people and groups since many years - always on the basic idea of respect for others, their needs and their rights.

The Respeto a los Animales award encourages and supports us to boost PETAs activities to raising people’s consciousness that all animals have a fundamental right to life, to freedom and integrity. PETA does that by all legal means, as for example public education, cruelty investigations, research, special events, celebrity involvement and last but not least: protest campaigns.

Please let me stress that it is ALL animals that deserve our respect (not just some), including wild animals, companion animals and also so-called pests, which so often get no sympathy from humans in whatsoever way.

Simply put: animals are NOT ours to eat, not ours to wear, not ours to experiment on, not ours to use for entertainment and not ours to abuse in any other way.This is what the concept of animal rights is about. PETA is not Animal Welfare. PETA is Animal Rights. PETA is about Antispeciecism. This is the concept that refuses all prejudice made on the basis of the belonging to a certain species, it refuses that the treatment of individuals is predicated on group membership and morally irrelevant physical differences. In that sense, antispeciecism is a social liberation movement in the tradition of anti-racism and anti-sexism-movements. PETA does that by campaigns, actions, outreach, criminal charges, administrative procedures, scientific research, communication via online, video, social media, print and press releases.
The fact that PETAs work for animal rights and against speciecism is being recognized by CyO shows us that we are on a good way giving animals the respect they deserve because they have lives, feelings and an intrinsic value – they exist for their own sake – not as objects for human interests.

I want to express that it is a special honour to share the reception of this award with Mrs. Marita Candela, the director of the successful Animal Law Master programme here at the UAB, a programme which eminently helps developing and bringing the idea of animals‘ rights to the fore in the academic world.

I conclude with my expression of immense gratitude and optimistic prospects for a fruitful future collaboration for respect and rights for animals.

Thank you.


Krishna Singh (PETA EUROPE) during his speech


The award’s handover to Peta was done by Mr. Steve Wise, law professor at several US and worldwide universities and a tireless fighter and promoter of the nonhuman rights.

[SPEECH OF PROFESSOR DR. TERESA GIMÉNEZ-CANDELA]
Nulla dies sine linea (Plin. HN, 35)

I have chosen this phrase of Pliny (Nulla dies sine linea) as a motto of life for many years. But when I began to be aware of how much we have to do for the animals, the line is no longer singular, to become an unstoppable plural, a torrent of words and actions that allow us to break the silence, which, especially in the field of Law, we have dedicated to animals. This is the meaning of this Máster.

I had the great fortune to be surrounded by people with talent and heart, two ingredients that, combined, make us resistant to any difficulty. Therefore, why students and Alumni, Professors, the Faculty and its staff, the UAB is proud and grateful to receive this award from the CyO Foundation, which is a very large to continue working with enthusiasm. We are a public university, service oriented and that effort is dedicated to animals.

In the task that brings us here today we can not let a day without line, a witness, a step forward to transform the world around us in a more just world kinder and more compassionate to animals.

Thank you!

[SPEECH OF NURIA MURLÁ]
I’m honored to be here today on behalf of the alumni of the Master in Animal Law and Society, almost one hundred people who have already been in the Master in each of its editions: the in-class one or the online.

I had the privilege to be a student of the first edition of the in-class Master. It means that I have had the chance to meet, more or less, the students of all other editions. And I can assure that there is something in common in all of them: many people of all editions worked on animal protection before their enrollment to the Master in Animal Law and Society, but one day they decided to spend a time of their lives in learning more for a better work. This sentence “earning more for a better work” has become a "leit motive" of the Master, and we, the alumni feel proud of it.

But it is not all about learning at the Master in Animal Law and Society, there is also about connections. During this time different people has been enrolled to the Master: people from many different origins, there have been people from all countries except, for the moment,: for Oceania, with very different backgrounds, not only lawyers, and with many different interests on animal protection. That's why it is very easy for us to built real interdisciplinary working groups, when necessary, that can analyze an issue from many different perspectives that will improve animal protection.

Gentlemen from Fundació CyO, thank you very much. Dr. Gimènez-Candela, congratulations.


[SPEECH OF MACARENA MONTES]
I feel very privileged to be here with you in the prize "Respect for Animals" award ceremony to the Master in Animal Law and Society and PETA Europe. Both institutions honored tonight, perform two fundamental tasks so we can evolve morally as a society: activism and education, in favour of a more respectful treatment of animals.

Since the creation of this programme in 2010, Prof. Dr. Giménez-Candela and her team have put great effort, many hours of work, energy and motivation in forming people who dreamt of working and developing their careers fighting for the most vulnerable beings in our society.

The Master is a platform where people who are interested in animals can turn to with the purpose of studying, debating, seeking for arguments, thinking and writing about their passion. Specially considering that in my country Animal Law is not taught in Law Schools and there is no Master's programm in this topic. Thanks to this Master, that is one of a kind in the world, people that come from distant places, like me, can make their dream come true. Good night.


[SPEECH OF TARAH DALY]
It is an honour to be here among such esteemed guests this evening. I want to firstly congratulate Dr. Gimenez-Candela, the master in animal law and also PETA Germany for the awards that they have received this evening.

As a student of the current and extremely international edition of the Master, I have seen firsthand how it takes something very special to draw people from all over the world to study such a novel subject.

As well as being the only one of it's kind in Europe I think this Master approaches animal rights and animal protection in a unique and important way. The master draws attention to the many ways that it is possible to work towards reducing animal exploitation. We are provided with a range of perspectives from a variety of professionals, from law professors to philosophers, veterinarians and many more.

The necessity for collaboration between these animal advocates has been stressed many times, and we are lucky that Dr Gimenez-Candela, the driving force behind this Master is someone who is uniquely skilled at bringing people together to work for the common goal of animals. Thank you to Dr Gimenez-Candela and her team for this Master and congratulations again to you and to PETA Germany on the awards you received tonight.


We thank you all for your attention. We remind you that we still receive journalistic work for the seventeenth edition of the awards whose bases can be check in RESPETOALOSANIMALES.COM

If you like we can celebrate this award ceremony with a glass of champagne .




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