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.