Brill and the Animals & Society Institute are pleased to announce the winner of the first Early Career Research Prize, awarded annually for the best article published in Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. The purpose of the award is to encourage scholars to join the field and to assist them in obtaining additional exposure of their work. The winning article is announced in the journal and is made available in Open Access for no charge.

Eligibility. Eligible authors are doctoral student at the dissertation stage or students pursuing other terminal degrees (MSW, DVM, or JD) or early career scholars no more than four years past the Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

Selection Process. In December of each year, the managing editors of Society & Animals select the article published in that year judged to make the most significant contribution to the field of Human-Animal Studies.

The winner of this year’s award is William Sarfo Ankomah of Brock University in Ontario, Canada for his paper: Animal Studies: Let’s Talk About Animal Welfare and Liberation Issues in Childhood (Society & Animals, 28(3), 2020.

Abstract: This article examined reasons why information pertaining to nonhuman animal welfare and liberation should be introduced during childhood. Studies indicate that animal-welfare activists’ and abolitionists’ efforts to date may be insufficient given the pervasive environmental destruction and ongoing animal suffering. Moreover, research reveals that education related to animal welfare and liberation is systematically excluded from children’s education, and they thus remain unaware of the sources and associated health hazards of meat they consume. Conversely, children’s knowledge about animal welfare increases when exposed to literature on the topic, which enables them to make informed choices regarding meat consumption. This paper draws on animal-welfare and liberation literature to argue that augmenting children’s knowledge about animal welfare and liberation can foster children’s understanding, language, philosophy, and ability to make informed choices about their relationship with animals and the environment in general.

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