Topical discussion: Ethics and Nonhuman Animals

  • September 5, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • The Dumbarton Area Library

Plates, napkins, utensils, cups, and some beverages provided.  You don't have to bring anything to eat, but you are welcome to bring something for yourself or to share with others.  If you're bringing something to share, in honor of the evening's topic please make it vegetarian or vegan.

At 6:30 we'll start socializing

At 7:00 we'll start with the evening's program

We will have two presenters, each addressing general or specific ethical questions regarding the impact of human action on nonhuman animals.  The program will include time for questions and group discussion.

Christopher Patterson, DVM, will deliver a talk titled  "Animals and Nonbelievers:  human animals' responsibilities to nonhuman animals."  Dr. Patterson has been a practicing small
animal veterinarian in Richmond for the last 13 years. As a Richmond native, he has been involved with various animal advocacy organizations in many different capacities; from board member to event organizer to surgeon to spay and neuter local feral cats. He has been fascinated with religion and various belief systems for most of his life, especially as they relate to nonhuman animals and how we interact with them. Dr. Patterson is co-founder of the Minneapolis based organization , Compassionate Action for Animals, who highlight the plight of farmed animals and promote vegetarianism, and the Founder and Head Coordinator of the Richmond Vegetarian Festival. 

Stacy Lenore Reed Francisco will speak about  conservation, environmental education, and the ethical issues related to captive exotic animals, zoos and zookeeping. Stacy was a professional  zookeeper and zoo educator spanning over nine years at two local  Virginia zoos and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in  environmental communications.


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  • Peter

    great but too short :(

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Underestimate my workload today..really sorry :(

    September 5, 2013

  • Joe F.

    Running late and can't make it

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My friend Brittany really wanted to come but unfortunately she got infected by her own cats when trying to rescue her....she wants to know if there's another non human animal discussion in the future? She will surely attend!

    September 5, 2013

    • Bryan T.

      Sorry to hear about Brittany, Linghan. We don't have another one planned on this topic, and given the variety of topics I like to offer RRNA, I don't think we will approach this topic again in a long while. However, there is at least one vegetarian group on Meetup. I'm not sure what they do at their events, but maybe Brittany will be interested in that. If you are coming tonight, you can ask around about other events other groups put on in town that Brittany might like. I'm sure we'll have lots of animal lovers tonight. Looking forward to seeing you.

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • stan l.

    Looking forward to the show.

    August 20, 2013

  • evan

    I could come if it started at 5 or 5:30pm. I go to work at 6:30pm . I wish I could make it.

    August 15, 2013

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