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Welcome to the Australasian Animal Studies Association website
The Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) was formed in 2005 by a group working in the emergent field of Animal Studies (alternatively Human Animal Studies).

The AASA is active in organising and sponsoring seminars, symposiums and research workshops and has to date hosted eight large conferences AASA2019 ‘Decolonizing Animals’ was hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury, NZ.

In the last few years, the AASA has grown considerably and our members, our bulletin and our Journal  are testament to the dynamism of the field and the research and new thinking it is producing.   Members of the AASA receive a bi-monthly e-bulletin Animail featuring book reviews, member profiles and animal studies news.   You can also follow us on facebook:

“Should New Zealand Do More to Uphold Animal Welfare?” by Andrew Knight in the latest issue of ASJ.“Should New Zealand Do More to Uphold Animal Welfare?” by Andrew Knight in the latest issue of ASJ.

Full text: https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1470&context=asj

Abstract: Governmental and industry representatives have repeatedly claimed that Aotearoa New Zealand leads the world on animal welfare, largely based on an assessment by global animal protection charity World Animal Protection (WAP). New Zealand’s leading ranking rested primarily on favourable comparisons of its animal welfare legislation with that of 50 other nations, within WAP’s 2014 Animal Protection Index. Unfortunately, however, review of welfare problems extant within the farming of meat chickens and laying hens, pigs, cows and sheep, reveals the persistence of systemic welfare compromises within most New Zealand animal farming systems. These are contrary to good ethics, to our duty of care toward these animals, to the wishes of domestic and international consumers, and to the interests of New Zealand’s animal production industries, which make an unusually large contribution to New Zealand’s national economy. Accordingly, and despite progress to date, this study finds that significant further resource investment and policy reform within the field of animal welfare are clearly warranted within New Zealand.

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