The Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals (SSEA) was founded by Harlan B. Miller (Virginia Tech) in 1979. As Miller wrote in 1980: "The Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals has been established to provide for the exchange of information and provide arenas for discussion and debate between those interested in ethical questions concerning human treatment of nonhuman animals. The Society will not take sides, and is committed only to open discussion."

The SSEA has held annual workshops on animal ethics for over forty years. For more information about the 2020 workshop, please see the call for abstracts.