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Join us for a presentation on animal consciousness.

Can fish feel pain? Are birds stupid? Is all animal behavior just instinct? Science has come a long way from the days when it was thought that only humans had emotions, could think, or were conscious. Now, the more we look, the more we find animals that communicate, cooperate, and think. Even chickens have a vocabulary. In many cases, animal senses and sometimes their memory skills exceed our own.

On Thursday, January 28, at 6:30, Northwest VEG will hold our Vancouver potluck at the Clark Public Utilities Service Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663. Immediately following the potluck, at about 7:30, Northwest VEG President Peter Spendelow will present at talk on "Animal Consciousness - What Do We Know Now". Peter received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington in 1985, specializing in evolutionary ecology. This talk will borrow heavily from Jonathan Balcombe's new upcoming book "Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals.”

This is a free event. You can come for just the potluck, for the talk, or both. For full event details, including potluck guidelines, visit www.nwveg.org.