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Members’ Spotlight: Why Do We Feed the Animals Around Us?  

22 Mar 2023
18:00 - 19:00

Auditorium, entry via Lothian Street

Free, booking required

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Join us for an exclusive Member event which asks the question, why do humans feel compelled to feed animals? 

"Do Not Feed the Animals" is wording commonly seen on signs instructing and warning people against feeding animals. What's interesting is not only that these signs are 'necessary' in the first place, but also that they are often ignored. Why do we feed animals and what are the consequences of our actions? 

Join Dr Andrew Kitchener, Principal Curator of Vertebrates, and postdoctoral fellow Dr David Cooper, to learn about their new research into how animal feeding is affecting our furry and feathered friends.

Tickets for this in-person event are limited but the event will also be recorded so you can watch it online at a later date.

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Entry is via the rear entrance of the National Museum of Scotland on Lothian Street.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

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