June 2013 meeting -- Tokyo Socrates Cafe

The topic for this month is: With regard to the way we treat animals, what is acceptable and not acceptable? How should we balance an animal's well-being against human interests?

In this video by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, James Serpell raises these questions and encourages us to reflect on the ethics of animal welfare. We'd like to consider these and other ideas related to the relationship between humans and other species.

No preparation is needed to participate in the discussion, but if you'd like to read a more formal survey of theories on this topic, you may wish to read this summary from the University of Connecticut Health Center.

 

As always:

1) We will hold the discussion at Gonpachi from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, then move to Failte for more open discussion afterward.
2) If this is your first time joining us, please note that Meetup's map for Gonpachi is incorrect! The correct location can be seen here on Google Maps. Also, information about Failte can be found at their webpage.
3) Though there is no charge for the meetup, please order at least a drink or a snack at Gonpachi as they have been kind enough to allow us to use their space without any charge.
4) Please keep your RSVP as up-to-date as possible, even if you're updating on the morning of the meeting.
5) Please try to be on time. If you'll be more than 30 minutes late, please consider joining us after we finish around 5:00pm.

 

-The Organizers

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  • Aurélie

    Thanks Martin! I really enjoyed being a part of the socrates meetup while I lived in Tokyo. I'm gonna miss our discussions, as well as the members of this group a lot!

    June 30, 2013

  • Martin

    Really good debate that everyone contributed to....Auralie makes a great moderator!...it's a pity it will be her last one here...

    June 30, 2013

  • Karen

    Hey! I'm here!
    Ate there reservations or do I just go in?

    June 30, 2013

  • Rachel R.

    Biking from home, probably will be about 15 min late.

    June 30, 2013

  • KANA

    I don't feel good since this morning... Sorry, such a last minute notice.

    June 30, 2013

  • Karen

    Sorry but can't make it today. Hope someone else can join!

    June 30, 2013

  • Aurélie

    I'd like to suggest you watch this speech by animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

    And the documentary "Earthlings" (it really explains everything about the way animals are treated in our society): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

    June 28, 2013

    • Daniel W.

      I would like to try it

      June 30, 2013

    • Daniel W.

      At the moment I am reading Walden, and in it Thoreau wrote several interesting paragraphs about the merits of a meat-less diet, though he himself did not maintain one strictly. I came across your posting at the same moment, so this has piqued my interest.

      June 30, 2013

  • Alex W.

    I am very very sorry to cancel at the last minute. I am not feeling well today, so I thought I would cancel now, just in case someone else could take my spot.

    June 29, 2013

  • streetsmart

    Oops. Just noticed I didn't notice the date: I'll be out of town so please book someone who loves to join this discussion: I miss this subject and you all for awhile.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Laura

    Looks like I'm Aurélie's plus see you there

    June 16, 2013

  • Shinya

    Unfortunately, I'll be abroad on that day.

    June 16, 2013

  • Anirban B.

    Sorry, can't make it on June 30.

    June 16, 2013

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