Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters - Dr Leslie Irvine

Australia is a land of drought and flooding rains and increasingly, devastating wild fires. In times of disaster, who should be saved?
Sociologist Dr Leslie Irvine, asks this challenging and confronting question in her book, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters.

In our interview with Dr Irvine she draws on her experience as a Hurricane Katrina disaster response animal welfare volunteer and her academic analysis to explore our obligation to consider animal welfare alongside human welfare in times of crisis.

By using concepts such as the sociological scale and the vulnerability paradigm, Dr Irvine argues that it is not only possible to identify individuals most at risk when disasters strike but offers practical suggestions on how to reduce vulnerability through planning and policy development.

Leslie Irvine is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on the role of animals in society. In addition to Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, Dr Irvine has written: If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals, My Dog Always Eats First : Homeless People and their Animals.

DrLleslie Irvine's books on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Irvine/e/B001H6IW4M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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