heather and sunnyHeather on Radio National talking about all things companion animal.



advertiser croppedHeather was interviewed by The Advertiser on the links between domestic violence and animal abuse/cruelty, Sep 2015.  The piece covered the idea of cross-reporting of human and animal abuse as well as noting the training Heather and Nik offered to Centacare on the links.


best friendHeather and Nik, along with Alice and Loki, were featured in a piece by The Advertiser on their What is it About Animals project. The piece features on the love women express for their animals.

nik and lokiNik was interviewed for the Animals & Society section of the American Sociological Association’s newsletter in June. A pdf of the newsletter can be found here.



new banner for uni draft 2 copyTania, Heather and Nik are involved with the RSPCA Vic education team in the Creating Animal Respect and Empathy project working with students who are new arrivals in Australia with first languages other than English, and especially those from a refugee or asylum seeker background. the Latham Letter recently featured information on the project.

new banner for uni draft 2 copyHeather and Nik will be speaking on links between domestic violence and child and animal abuse at the upcoming Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence conference in Adelaide.  Thanks to Kornar Winmil Yunti for the invite. Presentation downloadable here.

nik and lokiNik was pleased to be given the chance to support opposition to the kangaroo cull in ACT.  More information on the letter, signed by acdemics, writers, lawyers and artists, can be found here. Media coverage of the story here.


Lydia and Scarlett croppedOne of our members, Dr Lydia Tong, is leading a University of Sydney survey looking at connections between animal abuse and domestic violence.  The survey can be found here and information from the University of Sydney can be found here.


Two of our members, Nik Taylor and Jo Kennedy, are proud to be signatories to the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics report calling for the de-normalisation of animal experimentation. The report is available here.

casJanuary 2015.  One of our members co-edited books, The Rise of Critical Animal Studies (Routledge), has been listed as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. From the Choice website:

“This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.  The list is quite selective: it contains approximately ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year.Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer’s evaluation of the work, the editor’s knowledge of the field, and the reviewer’s record.”

An interview with the editors (Nik and Richard) by Dinesh Wadiwel can be found here.

January 2015: One of our members, Dian Fowles, recently wrote about animals and disaster from an Australian perspective for Humanity Road.  The article can be accessed here.

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