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The Inner Lives of Animals

Presenter: Jonathan Balcombe
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Jonathan Balcombe

The first in a series of webinars presented by HSU, Dr. Balcombe will present an hour-long discussion on animal sentience, titled "The Inner Lives of Animals". Dr. Balcombe will explore how scientists today are uncovering aspects of animals’ mental, emotional and social lives that would have been deemed fantasy a generation ago. Like many revolutionary discoveries, these findings have begun to impact both perceptions and behavior in human-animal interactions. By raising awareness of the sentience (the capacity to feel) of animals and taking a peek into the complex inner lives of animals, this webinar will present a look at ground-breaking scientific discoveries making animal sentience an integral part of the landscape of scientific inquiry.

About the presenter: Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, the current Chair of the Animal Studies Department with Humane Society University was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. Formerly a Senior Research Scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Balcombe has a Ph.D. in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 40 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection and is the author of four books centered on the issue of animal sentience, including Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good and Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals.