Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
September 22, 2004
Animal cruelty, domestic violence links to be examined at U of G conference
Is cruelty to animals a reliable warning sign of potential domestic violence? This is one of several topics slated for the University of Guelph’s fifth annual Animal Welfare Forum Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lifetime Learning Centre.
Among people entering the 50 largest shelters for battered women in the United States in 1997, 85 per cent of women and 63 per cent of children mentioned incidents of pet abuse in the family, according to a survey quoted by the HSUS.
• U of G animal and poultry science professor Georgia Mason, Canada Research Chair in Animal Welfare: “Lab Animal Welfare: Behaviour, Motivation and Stress Biology.”
• Randy Lockwood, Humane Society of the United States: “Veterinary Forensics in the Investigation of Animal Cruelty: An Emerging Discipline.”
• John Wade, canine behaviourist: “Canine Behaviour: Principles and Practice.”
• Denna Benn, director of U of G’s Animal Care Services and chair of the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association Animal Welfare Committee: “The CVMA Animal Welfare Committee’s Role in Veterinary Medicine.”
The forum is organized by student members of the OVC Animal Welfare Club. For information, visit www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/associations/awc.
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