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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
at 12 PM – 1 PM

Part of the Animal Matters Seminar Series from the Center for Animals and Public Policy

Michael E. Kaufmann
Director, Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center/Sam and Myra Ross Institute

Green Chimneys is home to 300 animals of diverse species and hundreds of children with special needs. Making ethical decisions about the lives of these animals challenges the Green Chimneys staff team daily. How do we ensure each animal has the best quality of life? There are many sensitive ethical issues surrounding human/animal interaction and there are very different ways of interpreting, modeling or practicing this relationship. Opinions diverge easily. There are a wide range of beliefs or philosophies about the treatment of animals, among our own staff and among guests. Michael will offer concrete examples to demonstrate how the Green Chimneys team applies a progressive, thoughtful, yet also very pragmatic approach as part of a greater human service program that operates in an imperfect world.

View recorded seminar here. Please note, video shown in recorded seminar from about .55 to 10.28 has no sound; Michael Kaufmann provided this supplemental video to replace that clip to share the message:
Watch supplemental video clip here:

Watch recorded Animal Matters seminar here:

Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund


The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) advances research, policy analysis, education and service pertaining to the important roles animals play in society, and explores the ethical implications of the human-animal relationship.