Published June 28, 2021
Congratulations to DSW student Hannah White on the publication of her article, "Applying a Social Justice and Trauma-informed Lens to Animal Welfare Considerations" in The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Journal.
White, H. (2021). The human animal bond 2.0; Applying a social justice and trauma-informed lens to animal welfare considerations. International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Journal.
Within the various professional disciplines that comprise the field of human-animal interactions, there exists an evolution of thought and practice surrounding how we choose to partner with or work alongside animals. Research has trended towards a generally agreed upon consensus surrounding ethical and welfare-enhancing husbandry and training methodologies. Animal cognition and ethological studies have been able to translate findings into easily understandable welfare, husbandry, and training practices, which have the potential to benefit animals globally. An interdisciplinary approach to animal welfare has the potential to improve outcomes not solely for the animals, but also for the humans with whom they share their lives. Through exploration of macro level global initiatives involving human and animal health and wellbeing, a multisystems perspective can be applied for more targeted welfare outcomes on a micro and mezzo level.