Animal welfare experts to speak at Detroit Zoo

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Animal welfare experts will give lectures at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center May 3-6.

Carl Safina, Ph.D., Dr. Temple Grandin, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. and Wayne Pacelle will be speaking during the series of public lectures.

Safina will present “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel” on May 3 at 7:15 p.m. The talk will focus on the similarities between the thoughts and feelings of humans and animals.

Safina is an award-winning author and the first endowed professor of nature and humanity at New York’s Stony Brook University.

Grandin, a best-selling author and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will speak on May 4 at 7:15 p.m. She will present “Understanding Animal Behavior from the Animal’s Perspective,” where she will discuss how to think like an animal to improve the welfare of domestic and farm animals.

Beckoff will present “The Animal’s Agenda: Freedom, Compassion for Individuals and Reform” on May 5 at 7:15 p.m. He is an author and professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

His presentation will discuss solutions to prevent harm to animals from scientific studies about animal welfare.

The president and chief executive officer for the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, will speak about a humane economy and talk about his perspective on the economics of animal exploitation. His presentation, “The Humane Economy,” will be May 6 at 7:15 p.m.

Books will be available for purchase, and attendees can get their books signed and talk with the presenters.

Tickets are $25 per lecture and are limited. Register here.

Proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.

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