Science Cafe: Why Humans Keep Pets (and Chimpanzees Don’t)

  • Thursday, November 05, 2020
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Science Cafe: Why Humans Keep Pets (And Chimpanzees Don't): book cover, photo of Herzog with snake

Americans spend $70 billion dollars a year on their companion animals. Why do we devote so much money and energy to the care and feeding of creatures with whom we share no genes and which have no apparent function? We will discuss the roles of pets in our lives, including the impact of pets on human health and happiness, ethical issues raised by pet ownership, and why humans keep pets and chimpanzees don’t. Purchase a signed copy of Hal Herzog’s book, “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals,” from the Museum Store.

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About Our Guest

Author Hal Herzog is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Western Carolina University. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has been studying the psychology of human-animal relationships for over 30 years. He is the author of “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals.”

Details

Details

Date:
November 5
Times:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee:
Free

Venue

Virtual
NC United States

Organizer

Chris Smith
919.707.9956