Note Location: We will be in Walt Whitman Room. Entrance is on 9th St SE. Elevator access available. Overflow room available in case of higher turnout to ensure all attendees receive adequate opportunities to participate.
Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.
This month's discussion: What status should animals have?
Secular humanists seek to affirm, promote, and defend the rights of all, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Animal rights advocates argue that the time has arrived to extend similar rights to animals. What status should animals have? Should they have legal protection? Should rights for animals extend to a moral imperative to safeguard against their discomfort/suffering in factory farms; to not wear clothing made of animals such as fur coats or leather products; or to refrain from eating animals? How about the use of animals in circuses or keeping them in zoos? Should hunting be banned? Does the exploitation of animals have any influence on how we treat fellow humans?
We are also planning to go out for food and/or drinks afterwards. Free and open to the public.