Category Archives: Animal Welfare

ICAC Kobe 4th International Conference – July 2015


The first International Conference on Animal Care (ICAC) Kobe was started in 2009, 15 years after the 1995 Kobe Earthquake (Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake) caused tragic human and animal suffering.  Commemorating 20 years since the Kobe Earthquake, the 4th International Conference on All Creatures Care in KOBE 2015 will be held in July 2015. This conference aims to improve the welfare of animals all over the world by showing that our responsibilities extend far and wide within and beyond our society.

The ICAC KOBE 2015 programme includes a keynote, symposium, and reception, as well as a presentation by professionals and poster displays by graduate students.

The professional presentations (oral sessions) have four themes, including:

Food Safety/Zoonosis,
One Plan Approach ~Integrated Way to Live in Coexistence with Wild Animals~,
Education/Human-animal Relations,

ICAC are still accepting applications for the professional presentations and the poster displays.

ICAC KOBE 2015 Official Website

Oral Session Application Guideline

Poster Session Application Guideline

Course on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law – St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Course on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law

7 to 19 September 2014 – St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK

Organised by Anthony L. Podberscek BVSc PhD, Centre for Animal Welfare & Anthrozoology, Department of Veterinary Medicine

Through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions, this course is designed to give attendees a solid background in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Past attendees have included veterinarians (working in practice or for government or animal charities), animal welfare researchers and students, and animal charity workers/campaigners, and have come from a wide variety of countries.

The Course is made up of five sectionsWelfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal Welfare; Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use; and Farm Animal Welfare.

For all the information on Course Details please visit the CAWSEL website.

From there you can also see course lecturers biographies from the Lecturers‘ tab and the full account of CAWSEL 2013 – via the blog of Josh Duffy.

Enquiries to Rose Padmore or Madalina Marincas by emailing

Pets in the Crossfire of Family Violence – Video

“Pets in the Crossfire of Family Violence,” a one-hour video featuring numerous Link authorities, was aired by Twin Cities Public Television and has been made available to watch free online.

The video, seen below, is compiled from a Link conference at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and discusses the evolving role of pets in society, the links between animal abuse and human violence, child abuse/animal abuse connections, and domestic violence/animal abuse links.

The video is built around a presentation by Phil Arkow, with commentaries by Link authorities Diane
Balkin and Jane Hunt, plus experts from family & children’s services, animal-assisted therapy, marriage and family counseling, human-animal bond, and the veterinary college.

For further information relating to to “The Link” between animal abuse and human violence please visit The National Link Coalition.