The ASI-managed Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS)—the leading peer-reviewed academic journal on the science of animal welfare—has issued a Call for Papers for a Special Issue dealing with original research related to “Human-Animal Relationships and Welfare in the Anthropocene: Pandemics, Climate Change, and Other Disasters.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted numerous scenarios in which human and nonhuman animal lives and livelihoods are intertwined with each other and the environment. Both the causes and impacts of the pandemic have brought attention to ongoing and emerging concerns about the means by which humans conceptualize, accomplish, and address human-animal relationships at various levels of scale. These issues span the relationships we have with wildlife; animals used for scientific experimentation; and farmed, captive, and companion animals. Many of these relationships have suffered from anthropogenic actions that also factor into climate change, and other disasters caused by climate change.

The Special Issue will focus on convergences between the health, welfare, and well-being of people, other animals, and the environment, in light of the anthropogenic changes that are placing both human and nonhuman animal lives and livelihoods at risk. We seek research that investigates the causes, impacts, and connections between, on the one hand, animal welfare and human-animal relationships, and on the other hand, pandemics (including COVID-19), climate change, and other disasters. Submissions are welcome that address any of the various nodes, junctures and crossings that exist between these various factors.

The deadline for abstracts in June 30. 2021. Final manuscripts of around 7,000 words are due August 30, 2021. Expected publication -early to mid-2022.

Find the detailed Call for Papers, instructions for authors, and submission form on the Taylor & Francis website, HERE.

Please address questions, and submit abstract of 300 words (max.) and bio, 200 words (max) by June 30th, to:
Gala Argent, PhD, <gala.argent@animalsandsociety.org> and Ivy Collier <ivy.collier@animalsandsociety.org>.

Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media. Wallaby joeys rescued from the fires recuperate with bandages on their burned paws at Sue Johns’ wildlife rehab in Mallacoota.

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