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Colliver Lecture: The Crossing - Self-Awareness and Meaning in Animal Mortality

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:00pm

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Bioethicist Jessica Pierce PhD, will speak about our relationship with animals, especially at the end of their lives. How can our attitude toward the mortality of animals inform our own end-of-life decisions?

There is an emerging body of research in ethology/biology on 'animal thanatology': how animals understand and relate to death. The basic point is that death is meaningful to animals; humans are not the only ones with an awareness of death. This has important implications for how we treat animals under our care. It also might have interesting implications for how we think about our own mortality. 

Pierce is faculty affiliate at the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities and president of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
She is the author of Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets and The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives. She co-authored Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice and The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion and Coexistence in the Age of Humans.

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  • Elaine Wheeler
  • Cynthia Dobbs
  • Quintin Drake
  • Christine Fluter-Brown

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