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Science Cafe

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Thursday, February 20th 7pm-8:30pm Free

Science Cafe: Why do Humans Keep Pets? (and Chimpanzees don"t)

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.

About the Speaker

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.