Animal Studies in the Key of Animal Rights

This paper has five parts. These parts seek to accomplish two tasks—first, address the expanding studies known variously as “Animal Studies,” “Anthrozoology” and a host of other names, and, second, explore how these fields stand in relation to the popular term “animal rights.” Exploring these tasks pushes all of us to engage which dimensions of […]

Animal Abuse and Human Interpersonal Violence in Canada: An Anthrozoological Perspective on Policy, Legislation and the Need for Cross-sector Reporting

In the last decade, research evidence has increasingly demonstrated a co-occurrence of human interpersonal violence and abusive behaviour toward nonhuman animals although the actual nature of this intersection continues to remain controversial. While livestock and wildlife can also become victims, more often the abuse is directed at a family pet whose ‘owners’ view them as […]

Texas: Death Sentence or Hidden Oasis for Endangered African Antelope?

Over the past several decades, there has been a continued documented decline of species in their native lands and habitats, as well as captive settings. Primary causes for the continued decline, and decimation, of these species can be attributed to human activity. Accredited zoos and conservation organizations are participating in, and developing, programs to protect […]

(Re)Evaluating the Animality of Man and the Animality of Animals in Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan

Science Fiction texts are in a unique position to explore human/animal relationships and explore the transformative power of such relationships. There has been a call from within the scholarship community to address this power and focus on animal studies within science fiction. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller and The Sirens of Titan by […]

Baiting Shakespeare and Staging Sackerson: Spaces of Human/Animal Entanglement in Early Modern London

In a time that predated Descartes’ axiomatic division of soul and body (human and animal) in what is known as “Cartesian dualism,” Shakespeare’s early modern London was a space replete with human/animal entanglement. This essay explores the conceptual and physical spaces where this entanglement occurs both on and off the Shakespearean stage–from Aristotelian views on […]