The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Swine and Pre-Vet clubs are hosting Wes Jamison, an associate professor of Communications at Palm Beach (FL) Atlantic University, to present his seminar, "The Morality of Animal Agriculture," at SDSU on Oct. 11.

The keynote presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus, and the general public is encouraged to attend. In addition, Jamison will be available to visit with other groups and classes throughout the day.

Jamison talks about the intense conflict in animal agriculture in the United States regarding the proper role and treatment of animals. Most analyses of these issues involve physiological, behavioral and economical impacts. However, in his presentation, Jamison boils this conflict down to what is determined socially and politically acceptable by two competing worldviews.

Jamison's seminar presents information on the conflicting views between the two sides on the idea of consumptive use for livestock, the tactics of animal rights groups, and how the industry can use these tactics to redefine their image. He's a nationally known speaker and provides a completely new concept of how animal agriculture needs to promote their industry.

For more information, please contact Dr. Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension swine specialist, at (605) 688-5435.