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The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm
The Monthly Meeting the 2nd or 3rd Saturday at 1:30pm (TBD)
The Steering Committee meets 1st Wednesday, 7pm
The Book Group meets monthly.
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HAT Forum
Sat Oct 15th 2016
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
519 Church Street Room tba or 304
Topic: Animal Rights and Animal Welfare
Proposer: Moses Klein

PLEASE NOTE MEETING IS SHORTENED THIS WEEK TO ALLOW FORUM ATTENDEES TO GET TO OISE FOR THE ANIMAL RIGHTS SPEAKER SERIES EVENT.

  1. What ethical considerations should govern our treatment of animals?
  2. What creatures can be considered to have rights?
  3. Is the use of animals for food and clothing justified if the animals are treated well? What does “treated well” mean?
  4. How do you feel about zoos and aquaria? What standards ought to be applied to animals in them?
  5. What standards should be applied to animals used for research and testing? Does it matter what the purpose of the research is? (Medical, scientific or cosmetic?)
  6. How do humanist principles bear on these questions? Is there a humanist perspective distinct from a religious perspective?


HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.