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Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters: Introduction

By Leslie Irvine

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This is the introduction to "Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters."

When disasters strike, people are not the only victims. Hurricane Katrina raised public attention about how disasters affect dogs, cats, and other animals considered members of the human family. In this short but powerful book, noted sociologist Leslie Irvine goes beyond Katrina to examine how disasters like oil spills, fires, and other calamities affect various animal populations—on factory farms, in research facilities, and in the wild.

"Filling the Ark" argues that humans cause most of the risks faced by animals and urges for better decisions about the treatment of animals in disasters. Furthermore, it makes a broad appeal for the ethical necessity of better planning to keep animals out of jeopardy. Irvine not only offers policy recommendations and practical advice for evacuating animals, she also makes a strong case for rethinking our use of animals, suggesting ways to create more secure conditions.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2009
Publication Title Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters
Pages 176
Series Title Animals and Ethics
ISBN/ISSN 9781592138340
Publisher Temple University Press
URL http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/1977_reg.html
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Environment
  4. Farm animals
  5. Pets and companion animals
  6. Philosophy
  7. Physical environment