Impact Report 2023


During this anniversary year, we’ve taken some time to reflect on how far ASI has come and the work still to be done. ASI continues to make critical contributions to the evolution of the interdisciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies. None of this work – past, present, or future – would be possible without your ongoing support.

We are confident that you’ll be as excited reading this list as we were compiling it! We hope it will also inspire you to help us reach our goal of raising $40,000 in celebration of all that has been and has yet to be accomplished.


1.  ASI is a pioneering organization that continues to make relevant and unique contributions to the field of Human-Animal Studies (HAS), a field that didn’t exist before ASI and wouldn’t exist now without your support. Your support will ensure this impact carries on for another 40 years!


2.  ASI got its start 40 years ago when a group of psychologists, including Ken Shapiro, who formed PSYeta (Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), came together to organize a meeting of scholars interested in animal issues. This led to the launch of the field of HAS, including establishing a dedicated interdisciplinary journal. The very existence and ongoing evolution of the HAS field is made possible because of the dedication of like-minded people who support the growth of this important field.


3.  Your support directly fuels our mission which combines science and compassion: to advance and share knowledge to improve nonhuman animal lives.


4.  ASI continues to set the standard for producing and disseminating interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Human-Animal Studies from diverse human perspectives and geographies across the globe. Core to our research into the nonhuman animal experience is understanding how the lives of both human and nonhuman animals are inextricably entwined. This work is only possible with your shared commitment and support.


5.  With your support, ASI’s programs, resources, and research promote the long-term societal changes needed to realize our vision, which is to live in a compassionate and equitable world where nonhuman animals and our relationships with them flourish.


6.  ASI’s HAS Report is a popular monthly comprehensive source of information about the HAS field – emerging news, conferences, funding, research, jobs, and other timely news. Researching, aggregating, organizing, producing, and promoting this invaluable resource takes time, which is only possible through your generous support!


7.  At the heart of everything we do is a deep love, respect, and appreciation for all forms of life on the planet, including the planet itself. This not only forms the basis of our work but it’s the fuel that keeps you and all of us committed to this work.


8.  By supporting ASI, you join us in supporting ASI’s core set of principles including promoting animal-centered research that prioritizes nonhuman animal well-being.


9.  Established in 1993, our managed journal, Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, was the first of its kind, and with your support, continues to be one of Brill Publishing’s most downloaded journals. As of 2024, S&A produces eight issues per year!


10.  Our second managed journal, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science was established in 1998. JAAWS is a leading peer-reviewed journal on the science of animal welfare for veterinarians, scientists, and public policy makers. Support for ASI programs like JAAWS will ensure animals and people benefit from cutting edge research.


11.  ASI is the proud sponsor of the newest journal in the HAS field, Animal History published by the University of California Press. This journal is scheduled to launch in 2025 and will fill a critical gap in the interdisciplinary scholarship of the HAS field, all thanks to your ongoing support!


12.  Starting in 2006, ASI developed a model of summer institutes for graduate students and early scholars in the field of Human-Animal Studies. Through your support, we will continue to promote and support universities to host such programs that are critical to the ongoing development and evolution of the field.


13.  Your support of ASI has helped advance the field of Human-Animal Studies on the global stage through ASI’s International HAS Development Program. To date, the program has supported the development of HAS programs in Italy, Austria, Greece, India, South Africa, and Portugal.


14.  As part of our efforts to reach out to students with an interest in HAS, ASI created the journal, Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies, for undergraduates and recent graduates to publish their papers, book and film reviews, and other academic and artistic work. Your support will enable us to reboot Sloth and promote this opportunity to young scholars whose voices and perspectives are underrepresented in the field, particularly at the undergraduate and recent graduate level.


15.  Our Defining HAS Video Series offers no-cost HAS-related terminology definitions from established scholars. Our analytics prove these videos continue to be viewed by thousands across the globe every month! By supporting ASI, you’ll be supporting the upcoming production of a third series of videos.


16.  Since 2005, ASI’s Human-Animal Studies Book Series, published by Brill, has produced 27 monographs.The latest addresses human-animal relations in the Amazon, Andes, and Arctic. With your generous support, we will continue to cultivate, develop and promote relevant, actionable work through the book series.


17.  Open Access Journal Articles in S&A. Through generous individual, foundation, and academic institution support, journal contributors have the option of their full text articles published in Society & Animals being available for downloading free of charge. To date, that number is 45 and, with your generous support, will only keep growing, making information and education accessible to so many!


18.  Colloquium Series & Emerging Scholars. Since 2021, with your support, and in partnership with the American Sociological Association’s Section on Animals and Society, ASI presents a monthly colloquium series. The monthly ASA-ASI Colloquium Series highlights research by emerging human-animal relationship scholars. Your support allows this wonderful opportunity for speakers and attendees from around the globe to gather and share information and ideas, ensuring the ongoing evolution of the field.


19.  Society & Animals Special Issues. Since 1996, S&A has produced 19 guest-edited Special Issues on sub-fields and timely topics in HAS including Language, Geography, Animal Cruelty, Representation, Religious Slaughter, the Human-Wildlife-Conservation nexus, Invertebrates, Outdoor Cats, Interspecies Relationality and many more! With your support, we can keep developing, producing, and disseminating these important collections of work on critical and timely human-animal relationship issues.


20.  ASI offers varying levels of Membership which provides additional resources to support work in Human-Animal Studies. Your donation will ensure ASI continues to recruit and develop our membership, enabling us to expand our reach and engage with a growing number of scholars passionate about advancing our field.


21.  With your support, ASI can continue to provide an up-to-date directory of degree programs in human-animal studies. These resources significantly simplify the research process for scholars learning about the HAS field.


22.  ASI’s AniCare® Child & Adult Interventions. Your gift will help support the ongoing promotion of the only published therapeutic interventions for the treatment of juveniles (2014) and adults (2016) who have abused animals.


23.  Animal Abuse Intervention Training. To date, we have trained 550 clinicians. Your donation will help ASI to continue conducting workshops and webinars (to date, over 50) that introduce therapists to the identification, assessment, and treatment of juveniles and adults who have abused animals.


24.  BARK. Your donation will help ASI update BARK: a psychoeducational diversion program based on the more intensive AniCare® Adult intervention. In collaboration with the Center for Veterinary Social Work at the University of Tennessee, BARK will be provided in a self-directed web-based format. This will provide a program for individuals court-ordered as part of the sentencing process for the abuse of animals.


25.  Your support will help us continue to expand and develop our Human-Animal Studies Teaching Resources, reaching a broader audience and ensuring more and more scholars continue to join this exciting field.


26.  As a nonprofit institute devoted to human-nonhuman animal relationships, there is a core set of principles that define who we are and what we stand for, and by extension, guide how we do what we do, including our belief in equity among all humans and other animals.


27.  ASI policy papers present a wide contextual discussion of policy issues affecting nonhuman animals and people, including relevant science, history, and cultural factors as well as existing law, policy, and practice. Your support enables us to provide an honorarium that supports our policy writers, helping to ensure our papers benefit from the insights and perspectives of experienced professionals in the HAS field.


28.  With your support, ASI and Brill Publishers will continue to champion the work of young scholars with the Society & Animals Early Career Research Prize. This prize is given annually for the best article published in ASI’s managed journal, Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. This award helps ensure key scholars leading the way in the field receive the support and recognition to continue developing in this field.


29.  Setting and Measuring the Bar for Animal Welfare in Laboratories. For as long as animals have been involved in laboratory experiments, ASI continues to advocate for their welfare. In 1988 ASI developed an “Invasiveness Scale” that rates the degree of pain, stress, and harm involving animals in the laboratory. The instrument includes a level of invasiveness agreed to be “inherently objectionable.” This established the concept that there is a class of experimental procedures that are prohibited independent of any potential gains in understanding.


30.  Early Work Establishing the “Con” View of Animals in the Lab. Your support helped ASI provide “the con” view in an historic publication of a debate in the American Psychologists Association’s APA Monitor on the pros and cons of animal research. This led to our participation in a similar published debate in Lab Animal and taken together, helped firmly establish the issue within the scientific community.


31.  In addition to launching the field of human-animal studies, ASI had a key role in the launch of the field of Animal Rights. Organized by ASI founder Ken Shapiro, with featured speaker Tom Regan, in 1981, Bates College hosted one of the first university-based conferences on animal rights, “The ethics of the use of animals in research.” Your generous support enables ASI to continue to evolve public consciousness about the inextricable link between humans and nonhuman animals, and the importance of our interconnectivity to life itself.


32.  ASI initiated critical conversations about our relationship to animals. For example, in 1982, ASI founder Ken Shapiro made the lead presentation on animal research issues at the Rally on the National Institutes of Health campus, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in Bethesda, Maryland. With your support, ASI continues to voice cutting-edge dialogue in human-animal studies.


33.  Other pioneering work includes the 1991 publication of a debate on animal research published in the July issue of the APA Monitor, newsletter of the American Psychological Association featuring Ken Shapiro and Melinda Novak.


34.  In 1993, the Journal of Social Issues published “The case against laboratory animal research in psychology” by Alan Bowd and ASI founder Ken Shapiro taking the issue of animal abuse in science to a much broader audience.


35.  In 1995 Anti Vivisection Magazine published a three-part critique of animal research by Ken Shapiro that presented a history of the development and use of laboratory rats and the shortcomings of research based on animal models.


36.  In 1998, Ken Shapiro wrote a critique of the strategy of using animals to model human psychological phenomena – particularly, models of disorders. The monograph is notable for its focus on science-based, rather than ethics-based arguments (Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of science, ethics, and policy, Hogrefe and Huber).


37.  Education Access. ASI provides access to Human-Animal Studies research in multiple ways and to multiple stakeholders, including open access journal articles, no-cost colloquium series, our Defining HAS Video Series, and more, all made possible by your support.


38.  Global Reach. Your support helps broaden ASI’s global perspective and ensures that the field of Human-Animal Studies continues to be reflected in an increasingly wide range of countries and cultures.


39.  By supporting ASI, we continue to implement one of ASI’s core principles – amplifying the voices of diverse human perspectives through no-cost resources, including open access journal articles.


40.  By supporting ASI, we continue to implement another of ASI’s core principles – addressing practices and policies where animals and human-animal relationships are adversely affected. With your support, we address this through the research, policy papers, psychoeducation programs, and resources ASI provides.


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