Australasian Animal Studies Association

Travers, Cheryl

PhD Candidate, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM)

University of Sydney

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Raising the importance of protecting existing wildlife populations in local urban planning;   working collaboratively to help set-up ‘Safe Beds for Pets’ on the Central Coast - an RSPCA program providing temporary housing for pets of women who seek refuge from domestic violence;  and advocating for the inclusion of companion animals in public health emergency and disaster planning.

PhD research: the relationship between front-line emergency responders (e.g. State Emergency Service, Fire Service, Police) and companion animal ‘owners’ or guardians in natural disasters;  notions of ‘responsibility’ for companion animals before, during and after a natural disaster - who is considered responsible and in what ways;  what obligations are owed to the most vulnerable (human and non-human) at times of crisis.