Monday, February 15, 2010

A week from today

Save the date: Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 pm. That’s when Princeton’s Trinity Church will host a talk by Erika Ritter about her latest book, The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath -- about the relationships between humans and non-human animals.

As the press release says, this has been “a twisting trail, from empathy to exploitation, from devotion to detestation, from comedy to cruelty, and beyond.” The book is titled from “a traditional tale,” and from that point, Ritter will touch on animal cognition, animal welfare and animal rights, with names such as Peter Singer and Temple Grandin invoked.

Paradoxes such as how we “increasingly identify our pets as family members, yet annually dispose of ever more strays, execute more livestock and sacrifice countless animals to research” may play a part in the discussion. This is truly “a time when animals are increasingly among us and yet continually below our radar,” and Ritter’s talk promises to be stimulating if not problem-solving.

Scheduled for the George Thomas Room at Trinity Church, the talk is free and open to all. 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ. A reception and book-signing will follow.

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