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

Zoei Sutton’s Bali Dog Meat Commentary

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‘As long as it’s not dog’ — What the Bali dog meat scandal can tell us about Australian meat eating culture.  Animals Australia has once again uncovered horrifying cruelty, this time through an investigation of the Balinese dog meat trade … 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

Why Michelle Payne’s victory at the Melbourne Cup is not a win for women or horses

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Yesterday, for the first time in Melbourne Cup history a female jockey, Michelle Payne, rode the horse, Prince of Penzance, who won. As a general rule, I don’t like to run down or criticise other women. There are plenty of … 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

Recognising and Assisting Abused Dogs

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This week a very interesting and strikingly different paper came to our notice called, “Behavioral and Psychological Characteristics of Canine Victims of Abuse” by McMillan et al, published in the Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science (you can find the … Continue reading