The Animals & Society Institute’s first ever celebration of Human-Animal Relationship Awareness week took place November 14-18, 2016.
ASI felt that, as non-human animals become ever more important in the lives of people around the world, we should highlight some of the critical topics surrounding our relationships with other animals. Many people look to their companion animals for love and support, but often don’t consider the other animals with whom we share the planet—including wild animals, animals used in agriculture, animals used in medicine, and animals used to support human activities, for example.
Throughout the week we provided information on a number of important issues relevant to the human-animal relationship. Follow the links below to learn more about each day’s topic.
- Monday, November 14: Companion Animals—clearly the animals who have benefited the most from human contact, and who have in turn given us so much.
- Tuesday, November 15: Human-Animal Studies—the field of academic study which looks at all of the ways in which humans and other animals interact, both good and bad.
- Wednesday, November 16: Animals in Shelters—as much as we love our companion animals, the number of them living in animal shelters points to some serious problems surrounding that relationship.
- Thursday, November 17: Animal Assisted Interventions—it shouldn’t surprise us that, given how important other animals are to us, animals play an increasingly central role in our health and well-being.
- Friday, November 18: Violence Prevention and Intervention—violence towards both animals and people is one of the subjects that ASI is most concerned about, and one for which we have long provided resources.