IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Publications of CU-Boulder Faculty
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Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters
When disasters strike, people are not the only victims. Associate Professor of sociology Leslie Irvine’s recently published book, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, (Temple University Press) examines how disasters such as oil spills, fires and other calamities affect not only companion animals but also animal populations on factory farms, in research facilities and in the wild that run risk of abandonment or ineligibility of rescue.
Irvine’s expertise is social psychology, focusing on identity and the self. For the past decade she has studied the roles of animals in society, and her research has examined human-animal relationships, animal sheltering and animals in disasters. Filling the Ark is the result of research in Florida following Hurricane Charley to understand the impact of the storm on animals and their people, and at the staging area for the animal rescue from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
The book posits that humans cause most of the risks faced by animals and makes an appeal for the ethical necessity of better planning to keep animals out of jeopardy. Irvine offers policy recommendations and practical advice for evacuating animals, and makes a case for rethinking the use of animals.
“Animals raised for food are often situated in vulnerable ways,” said Irvine. “If no provision is made for them in times of disaster, not only can they die during the crisis, but surviving animals may die from thirst, starvation and a number of other causes. Animals that die needlessly is a failure of stewardship, and animals that die in large numbers increase the risk of environmental hazards.
“I’m a big believer in education,” said Irvine. “If students and community members have the tools they need to make convincing arguments for lessening the industrialized culture and finding humane ways to provide for animals that contribute to our daily needs, perhaps animals will be a greater consideration in times of disaster.”
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