Pastoralists and their animals , debate with the public November 18, 2014

Intervention of Jocelyne Porcher at the center  Louis Aragon of Bagneux 18th november 2014 « Les éleveurs et leurs animaux ». Online here

Conference filmed by Jocelyne Porcher at Mèze

Jocelyne Porcher conference filmed at Mèze on December 12 2012

Man and beast: relations between farmers and animals

Speaker: Jocelyne Porcher, director of research, zootechnician and sociologist at INRA, author of “Vivre avec les animaux, une utopie pour le XXIème siècle” (Living with Animals, a utopia for the twenty-first century), Editions La Découverte, 2014

Since the nineteenth century, relations between farmers and animals have been caught in a process of industrialisation witch denatures and destroys them, and entails great risks, such as the disappearance of some species of domestic animal. However, since the inception of farming, affective and inter-subjective relations between farmers and animals have also led to attachment, respect and shared intelligence.

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Animals and men Eco-dialogue

Vigan eco-dialogues: “Animals and men”. Conference with sociologist Jocelyne Porcher: “Man and domestic animals” April 10-13 2014.

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How can we leave animal production to return to ethical animal husbandry?

Speaker: Joselyne Porcher, researcher at INRA (Institut national de la recherche agronomique) (National institute for agronomic research).

Debaters: Roxanne Mitralais, project researcher on animal health issues within the confédération paysanne (smallholder farmers’ union), and Josian Palach, national secretary responsible for the confédération paysanne’s centre for the environment.

Utopia conference on July 14 2014, at la Maison des Sciences Economiques, Paris.

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Sheep 2.0: the microchip in the ear

The modernisation of agriculture after the war, conducted in the name of science and progress, was not imposed without resistance. Sheep farming, which has been spared up until recently, is beginning to feel the first shocks of the push for industrialisation.

Recently, a new piece of legislation is obliging sheep farmers to tag their animals electronically. From now on they will have to insert a RFID microchip, (in truth a little electronic spy), into their animals to identify them, rather than the usual earring or tattoo. Behind the RFID chip, the computers and machines, the world of smallholder farming is dying.

In the mechanised world, an animal is no more than a meat factory, and a farmer is a simple pawn in the service of industry. However, some amongst them are standing up against this.

With:  Jocelyne Porcher (sociologist), Alain and Mathias Guibert, Jean-Louis and Danièle Meurot, Antoine de Ruffray, Sébastien Pelurson (farmers) – the Drôme contre le puçage (Drôme against microchipping) and PACA pour la liberté de l’élevage (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for freedom in farming) associations, Jean-Michel Loubry (centre for traceability, Valence),and Edmond Ricard (INRA).

The 1 hour and 14 minute documentary was produced in 2012 by Antoine Costa and Florian Pourchi for the Synapx Audio-visual Association.

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Improving, transforming, and duplicating animals

This third discussion dedicated to human-animal relations considers the question of our ethical right to modify animals. Four speakers debate the question: Jocelyne Porcher, sociologist and director of research at INRA, Thomas Heams, lecturer in genomics at AgroParisTech, Léo Coutellec, philosopher at Paris-Sud and Olivier Sandra, researcher into animal reproduction at INRA.

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The anguished boars

Images of industrial livestock farms are rare, very rare, and for a reason. Most industrial producers will not allow cameras in. Jocelyne Porcher, sociologist and researcher at INRA, was able to film “normal” farming conditions for a pig in an industrial farm in Brittany, for Telerama Videos.

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Farmers and animals: representations

Editions Educagri, 2007

DVD, 33 mins.

The real subject of this film is how to farm differently. The film consists of commentary by pig and poultry farmers regarding new ways of seeing relations with animals, their status, and their farm conditions. In particular, we learn that it is possible to reduce the confinement of animals, and to implement improved farm organisation that is respectful to animals and man. This DVD allows the status of animals and animal welfare to be coherently introduced into debates on the profession of farming, with the backdrop of more and more consumers and members of the general public aspiring to a less coercive and less intensive method of farming.

Audience: Zootechnical teachers and trainers, development agencies.

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