Animals and Society Lectures

Jonathan Balcome

The University of Redlands concludes its 2012 Animals and Society lecture series, "On the Farm: Animal Minds, Interests, and Welfare” which addresses farm animals' mental capacities, social roles and welfare. It is co-sponsored by the Human-Animals Studies Program, Biology, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, the Johnston Center for Integrative Learning, and the National Museum of Animals and Society.

The final lecture features Jonathan Balcombe, ethologist and author of several volumes about animal pleasure: "Farmed and Sentient: The Inner Lives of 'Food Animals'" at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 2012 in the Casa Loma Room at the University.

Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published more than 40 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection. He is the author of four books, including "Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good," "Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals," and "The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure." Formerly senior research scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, he is currently chair of the Animal Studies Department with the Humane Society University.

 Balcombe will have books for sale at the event and be available to autograph them.

This event is free and open to the public.

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