Nik Taylor: A Sociology for other animals

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A Sociology for other animals, Associate Prof Nik Taylor, Flinders University. Text of a talk presented at Development for Species: Animals in Society, Animals as Society, the inaugural conference of the Australian Sociological Association’s Animals and Sociology thematic group, Melbourne, … Continue reading

Companion animals and domestic violence exhibition

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Today saw the launch of the Loving You, Loving Me: Companion Animals and Domestic Violence art/photo exhibition in South Australia.  The exhibition is part of a project that looks at the roles companion animals play in the lives of women … Continue reading

Conference Report: Lucy’s Project – Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: International Perspectives

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The Power of Solidarity, Sharing and Caring: Lucy’s Project (Sydney 2016). This past weekend I went to the second Lucy’s Project conference on ‘Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: International Perspectives’.  Lucy’s Project (you can learn much more from their website … Continue reading

Because I Love My Dogs

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I’m often asked two things about my work.  The first is why I study human relations with other species, and the second is how I cope with all the research into human-animal abuse I do. In terms of the first … Continue reading

Making a Killing: The Greyhound Racing Industry Exposed

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Like many others we were horrified and appalled by last night’s Four Corners, “Making a Killing”, investigation into live baiting in the Australian greyhound racing industry.  We were not, however, surprised at the revelations that piglets, possums and rabbits are … Continue reading

‘It’s not me, it’s you.’ The problem with Breed Specific Legislation.

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It’s an inevitable part of most social gatherings: a well-meaning family member or friend makes a beeline through the crowd on their search for the golden answer. ’You study animals right? We want to buy a dog, which breed is … Continue reading