Engaging with animals: interpretations of a shared existence
Edited by Georgette Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson
Sydney University Press
Humans and nonhuman animals engage with each other in a multitude of fascinating ways. They have always done so, motivated by both necessity and choice. Yet, as human population numbers increase and our impact on the planet expands, this engagement takes on new meanings and requires new understanding. In Engaging with animals: interpretations of a shared existence experts in the field of human-animal studies investigate, from a variety of differing disciplinary perspectives, the ways in which humans and other animals interact. Grouped into three broad sections the chapters focus on themes ranging from attitudes, ethics and interactions to history, art and literature, and finally animal welfare outcomes. While offering different interpretations of the human-nonhuman interactions, they share a common goal in attempting to find pathways leading to a mutually beneficial and shared co-existence.
About the editors
Georgette Leah Burns is an academic with a background in environmental anthropology who specialises in the interactions between people and wildlife in nature-based tourism.
Mandy Paterson is the principal scientist with RSPCA Qld and has a background as a veterinarian and researcher. Her work with the RSPCA focuses on improving the welfare of animals.