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Ivy Collier
Executive Director
Join us tomorrow for the global movement known as Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a day that encourages people to support their favorite organizations and raise awareness for causes that they care about. It is a day that embodies, promotes, and practice generosity through donation, collaboration, and celebration.

Since donations are the primary funding for all of our work at the Animals & Society Institute (ASI), we are asking our supporters to consider pledging their support with a monetary contribution.

Together we live. Together we give.

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ASI Activities Highlighted in Recent Article

A recent article*, Understanding and Conceptualizing Childhood Animal Harm: A Meta-Narrative Systematic Review, cites the AniCare Child program (Shapiro, K., Randour, M. L., Krinsk, S., & Wolf, J. L. 2013), ASI’s bibliography page, and various references from the ASI-managed journal, Society and AnimalsThe article nicely summarizes the state of the empirical and theoretical literature on the psychology of children who abuse animals. A table annotates the findings of over 60 studies reviewed by the authors. 

The empirical literature provides a long list of psychological and sociological factors that correlate with juvenile animal abuse—e.g., empathy, esteem, other anti-social behavior (such as bullying), witnessing animal abuse and other forms of domestic violence (intimate partner violence), socio-cultural beliefs and practices. The conceptual and theoretical findings are less developed and, due to the many pathways leading to juvenile animal abuse, it is unlikely that one macro-theory will account for the behavior. The graduation hypothesis (animal abuse as a gateway to later other anti-social behavior) has little empirical support. The generalized deviance theory has support but really offers little insight into the phenomenon beyond asserting that various forms of anti-social and violent behavior are correlated. Agnew’s socio-psychological theory includes both individual traits (age, empathy) and socialization factors (parenting, moral beliefs) and has some support. Finally, attachment theory (insecure attachment) has some support and, as the authors suggest, should be further developed. 

*Laura M. Wauthier & Joanne M. Williams (2021): Understanding and Conceptualizing Childhood Animal Harm: A Meta-Narrative Systematic Review, Anthrozoös, DOI:10.1080/08927936.2021.1986262
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SI Launches Policy Paper Series

ASI has launched a policy papers series to analyze and guide policy decisions relating to animals. The current focus is on Companion Animals and Social Media, Urban Wildlife, Zoological Parks, Environment and Agriculture, and Training Schemes for Domestic and Domesticated Animals. These first five subjects represent an early round of analyses and will be supplemented in subsequent rounds by additional topical emphases. Read more here.
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Society & Animals Call for Film Reviewers

The ASI-managed journal Society & Animals invites emerging and established scholars to contribute to our Film Review Section. Film Reviews for Society & Animals are generally brief, with about 800 words per film, and two or three films per review. Ideally, groupings create an interesting comparison or bring out an issue of interest, such as human-animal relations, human uses of animals, or insights about how species are depicted in media in limiting ways. Plot summary should be minimal and supportive of observations about issues that the films raise. Of particular interest are films since 2010. Please contact Pete Porter with interest:
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Human-Animal Studies Facebook Group

The ASI-sponsored Facebook group, Human-Animal Studies, is making waves! Now with over 2,500 members, the group has become a vibrant and active community which regularly has over ten posts a day from scholars, students, and others interested in Human-Animal Studies. To stay up to speed on what’s going on in HAS the field daily, sign up here.
ASI Call for Board Members

Do you want to help create a more compassionate world? Would you like to see evidence-based research used to strengthen human-animal relationships? If you do, you may be a match for ASI’s open board member positions. Whether you have experience working with a hands-on board or are thinking about joining a board for the first time, this may be the right opportunity for you. Read more about what the position entails and how to apply here.