Law: A Dog's World: A Discussion with Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

October 27

6:00pm - 7:00pm


Audience: Current Student,  Current Student - Cloned

What would happen to dogs if humans disappeared? Would they be able to survive on their own without our support? What might become of them without direct human intervention into breeding, regular feedings, veterinary care, etc.?

Drawing on ecology, biology, and the latest findings on the lives and behavior of dogs and their wild relatives, Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce imagine a posthuman future for dogs and reveal how dogs would survive, and possibly even thrive. They will discuss how dogs are quick learners who are highly adaptable and opportunistic, and they offer compelling evidence that dogs already do survive on their own, and could do so in a world without us.

About Marc:

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and a past Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. He is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall's international Roots & Shoots program, in which he works with students of all ages, senior citizens, and prisoners, and is co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. Marc and Jane co-founded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000.

Marc has published more than 1,000 essays (popular, scientific, and book chapters), 30 books, and has edited three encyclopedias. For decades, his main areas of research have included animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), behavioral ecology, and compassionate conservation, and he has also written extensively on human-animal interactions and animal protection. His research and writing reflects his ongoing and eclectic interests that center on the basic tenets of compassionate conservation, namely, "First do no harm" and the life of every individual matters because they are alive and have intrinsic value, not because of what they can do for us.

About Jessica:

Jessica Pierce is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. As a bioethicist, her research and writing focus broadly on ethical issues that arise in the biological and biomedical sciences. Much of her early work was centered on interconnections between health, health care, and ecosystems. More recently, she has concentrated her attention on human-animal relationships, particularly the obligations that arise in caring for and living well with companion animals. Jessica's books and articles explore, among other things, hospice and palliative medicine for aging and ill animals, the promise and peril of animal welfare science, and how to give our companion animals the best possible care.

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