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What would the world look like if we stopped eating animals? How will this change the human-animal relationship? What is the food of the future?

On August 26, 2017, The End of Meat premiered at the sold-out Babylon Cinema in Berlin. One day later, on 27 August 2017, the first The End of Meat conference took place at Heimathafen Berlin. The idea of the conference was to present ideas, visions and research of scientists, philosophers and activists from and around the film, who will shape the future of humans and animals in the coming years. 

Premiere @ Babylon Kino
Conference start
Hilal Sezgin
Prof. Dr. Mark Post
Richard David Precht
Steve Jenkins & Derek Walter



Hilal Sezgin

Hilal Sezgin is a freelance journalist and author living in the ‘Lüneburger Heide’, where she runs a small sanctuary. She regularly writes for Die Zeit, taz and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2014 she presented a ‘philosophical plea for animal rights’ with her book ‘Artgerecht ist nur die Freiheit’.

Dr. Marco Springmann

Dr. Marco Springmann is working at the University of Oxford on the program for the future of food. In a recent study, his team concluded that plant-based diets could save millions of lives and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. A second study examined how a global carbon tax on meat and milk could contribute to that solution.

Dr. Mark Post

Prof. Dr. Mark Post is considered the pioneer of the cultured meat movement. In 2013, he presented his first laboratory-grown burger in London, financed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. At that time still worth 250,000 €. He estimates that the first burger could hit the supermarket shelves in about 5 years. Dr. Mark Post is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Maastricht.

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter tell the unbelievable story of their life-changing experience after they adopt what they once thought to be a micro pig. Esther the wonder pig became a social media phenomenon that has caught the attention of well over one-million followers from all over the world. In 2014 Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Canada, where they continue to rescue abandoned and abused farmed animals.

Mariann Sullivan

Mariann Sullivan is Lecturer in Law of Animal Law at Columbia Law School and host of the Animal Law Podcast, as well as co-host of the Our Hen House podcast. Since retiring from her position as Deputy Chief Court Attorney at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, she has also taught courses in animal law and farmed animal law at Lewis and Clark Law School, NYU Law School, Brooklyn Law School, and Cardozo Law School.

Marcel Sebastian

Marcel Sebastian is a sociologist at the University of Hamburg. His PhD is on the question of how slaughter workers deal with the killing of animals. He is a founding member of the Group for Society and Animals Studies, the first German-speaking, sociological research group on the human-animal relationship. His research interests include the sociology of the human-animal relationship, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, and comparative institutional research.

Jens Tuider

Jens Tuider is Executive Assistant at ProVeg (formerly VEBU). ProVeg is a new international food awareness organisation, working towards influencing the food industry, chefs and caterers, activists, other NGOs and the medical profession, while also lobbying for change at a policy level. Their mission is to reduce the global consumption of animals by 50% by the year 2040.

Richard David Precht

Richard David Precht is one of the most famous philosophers in the German-speaking world. His books have been translated into more than forty languages. Since 2012, he has his own show called ‘Precht’ on german national TV. His 2016 book 'Tiere Denken' calls for a new thinking of animals and a change in our behavior towards them. He is a honorary professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Stefan Torges (Moderator)

Stefan Torges is project manager at the Effective Altruism Foundation. He is committed to a future society which takes the interests of all sentient beings into account. He regularly lectures and moderates events on a just relationship between humans and animals in regards to our diet. He previously studied philosophy, neuroscience and cognition at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.

We were commited to put together a varied and well-balanced program. This applied both to the topics and to the speakers. Unfortunately, the proportion of male participants was significantly higher. Since this conference has a very special topic, the choice of the potential speakers was very small and a majority of male participants confirmed.


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