Tolstoy famously said, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will always be battlefields.” The link between carnivory (eating animals) and violence has long been recognized, and is one reason many of history’s top thinkers, including Hippocrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Shaw, Einstein, Gandhi, and of course, Tolstoy himself, were vegetarian or vegan.
But just how real is this link, and how does eating animals affect us?
Come join us for a presentation and discussion on this fascinating and important topic.
Our presenter is Nathan Poirier, a graduate student of Anthrozoology at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Nathan’s work focuses on Critical Animal Studies and the framing, perception, and implications of “techno-fixes” for issues including conservation, diet, and human population. In 2015 he organized a Rewilding conference at Aquinas College. Nathan also has an M.A. in mathematics, and has taught math at Western Michigan University and Aquinas College. He lives in Kalamazoo with his partner, Erin, a statistician.
Date: Monday, March 28
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free. An optional $2/person donation is requested to help defray expenses.
Note: There is no evening Living Vegan potluck this month! Come to this discussion instead!
Everyone, including vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-curious, is always welcome at Vegan Kalamazoo Events.
Advance Reading (read some or all of the below!):
• World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle
• Animal Oppression and Human Violence by David Nibert (scholarly)
• We Animals (Jo-Anne McArthur, photojournalism)
• The Ghosts In Our Machine (video documentary on hidden animal violence)