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Companion Animals, Natural Disasters and the Law: An Australian Perspective
AbstractThis article examines the regulation of companion animal welfare during disasters, with some context provided by two recent major disaster events in Australia. Important general lessons for improved disaster management were identified in subsequent inquiries. However, the interests of companion animals continue to be inadequately addressed. This is because key assumptions underpinning disaster planning for companion animals—the primacy of human interests over animal interests and that individuals will properly address companion animal needs during times of disaster—are open to question. In particular these assumptions fail to recognise the inherent value of companion animals, underestimate the strong bond shared by some owners and their animals and, at the same time, overestimate the capacity of some owners to adequately meet the needs of their animals.
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White, S. Companion Animals, Natural Disasters and the Law: An Australian Perspective. Animals 2012, 2, 380-394.View more citation formats
White S. Companion Animals, Natural Disasters and the Law: An Australian Perspective. Animals. 2012; 2(3):380-394.Chicago/Turabian Style
White, Steven. 2012. "Companion Animals, Natural Disasters and the Law: An Australian Perspective." Animals 2, no. 3: 380-394.