July 19, 2014 · 6:00 PM
The human race has had a fraught and complicated relationship with the other breathing beings on planet Earth. We are told in our religious books, by our natural instincts, and for our own survival, that animals exist in our service. But can we evolve beyond that? Do animals deserve better treatment? And it's not just about eating meat, riding horses. or fighting bulls. There are myriad issues to consider, and as Deep Thinkers, it is probably about time that we put the topic on the table. So let's talk about our furry - and not so furry - friends.
What is most persuasive to you about how to relate to animals? Would hunger compel a vegetarian to eat meat? Would loneliness make you consider befriending a snake? Do you assume a dog will bite or obey? Do animals have a conscious or a soul?
And then there's the cruelty visited upon creatures for their precious appendages - tusks, horns, genitalia. Or cruelty that can be a precursor to crimes against other humans. This is a topic that is multi-faceted, but one that just about everyone has an opinion. So let's air it out at our favorite IHOP in Westchester. Don't worry, I have an iron-clad guarantee that it's ours to use.
Pet owners, meat eaters, vegans and cat-haters are all welcome to have a lively - but civil - discussion about the animals in our lives, stomachs, zoos and hearts. I hope to see you all there!
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