1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Human-Animal Interactions and Anthrozoology

    808 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    808 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This diverse, global, and interdisciplinary volume explores the existing research, practice, and ethical issues pertinent to the field of human-animal interactions (HAIs), interventions, and anthrozoology, focusing on the perceived physical and mental health benefits to humans and the challenges derived from these relationships.

    The book begins by exploring the basic theoretical principles of anthrozoology and HAI, such as the evolution and history of the field, the importance of language, the economic costs and current perspectives to physical and mental wellbeing, the origins of domestication of animals, anthropomorphism, and how animals fit into human societies. Chapters then move onto practice, covering topics such as how animals help childhood and adulthood development, pet ownership, disability, the roles of pets for people with psychiatric disorders, the links between animal and domestic abuse, and then more widely into the therapeutic roles of animals, animal-assisted therapies, interactions outside the home, working animals, animals in popular culture, and animals in research, for leisure, and food. Including chapters on a wide range of animals, from domesticated pets to wildlife, this collection examines the benefits yet also reveals the complexity, and often dark side, of human-animal relations.

    Interweaving accessible commentaries with revealing chapters throughout the text, this collection would be of great interest to students and practitioners in the fields of mental health, psychology, veterinary medicine, zoology, biology, social work, history, and sociology.

    1. An Introduction to HAI and Anthrozoology

    Aubrey H. Fine, Alan Beck, Megan K. Mueller

    2. Valuational (Ethical) Inquiry, Animals and Us: Contemporary Framings and Future Imaginaries

    Raymond X Anthony, Andreia De Paula Vieira

    3. A Legal Opinion and Pets and Housing in the US

    Dianne Prado

    4. All for One Health and One Health for All

    Zenithson Ng, Isabella Pfeiffer

    5. Current Perspectives on the Health effects (Mental and Physical) of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)

    Erika Friedmann, Lincy Koodaly

    6. Challenges and Opportunities in Establishing the Evidence Base for the Impact of Human-Animal Interactions on Human Health and Well-Being

    Kerri E. Rodriguez, Erin Flynn, Jaci Gandenberger, Marisa Motiff, Kevin N. Morris

    7. Anthropomorphism and Anthropocentrism in the Anthropocene

    Randy Lockwood

    8. Pets and Housing: A One Health/One Welfare Issue

    Brinda Jegatheesan, Elizabeth Ormerod, Taryn Graham,Wendy Stone, Emma Power, Debbie Rook, Sandra McCune

    9. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Human-Animal Interactions: Reflections on Practice

    Sloane Hawes, Lizett Justa Gutierrez, Lindsay Rojas, Rebecca Cohen, Bridget Camacho, Ashley Taeckens-Seabaugh, Tess Hupe, Nina Ekholm Fry

    10. Across Worlds: Cultural, Religious, and Societal Factors Influencing Interactions with Animal

    Georgitta Valiyamattam

    11. Animal Cognition

    Lena Provoost

    12. Animal Sentience, Animal Emotions, and Human-Animal Interactions

    Annika Bremhorst, Catia Caeiro, Anna Zamansky, Sabrina Karl

    13. Animal domestication in west Eurasia: what the histories of dogs, cattle, and horses tell us about the domestication process

    Benjamin Arbuckle

    14. Why do we love the pets we have? The Role of Animals and Family

    Alan Beck, Aubrey H. Fine, Stanley Coren, Erin K. King, Steve Feldman, Lindsey Braun

    15. Animals in Development: Childhood and Adolescence

    Erin K. King, Eli D. Halbreich, Megan K. Mueller,

    16. Animals in Development: Aging Adults

    Jessica Bibbo, Ann M. Toohey

    17. LGBTQIA+ Populations and Human-Animal Interactions

    Angela Matijczak, Shelby E. McDonald

    18. Pet Ownership and Persons with Developmental and Physical Disabilities: Impact on Mental and Physical Health

    Gretchen K Carlisle, Steph M. Craven

    19. Homelessness and Pet Ownership

    Leslie Irvine

    20. Caregiver Burden in Companion Animal Owners

    Mary Beth Spitznagel, Mark D. Carlson, Christopher M Fulkerson

    21. HAI and the impact of pet loss

    Susan Cohen

    22. Animal Hoarding: The Human-Animal Bond Gone Awry

    Phil Arkow

    23. Co-occurrence of animal abuse and intimate partner violence

    Maya Gupta, Shelby E. McDonald

    24. Introducing Dogs and Cats into Families

    Zarah Hedge, Amanda Kowalski, Madelaine Steevens

    25. Veterinary Social Work

    Pamela Linden

    26. Zoonoses

    Jason Stull

    27. Working with Each Other: Animal Training to Coexist

    Seana Dowling-Guyer

    28. Safe interactions with animals

    Carri Westgarth, Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka, John Tulloch

    29. The case for conservation in the age of the Anthropocene

    Eric G Strauss, Carolyn Ristau

    30. Ethics, Wellbeing and Wild Lives

    William S. Lynn, Liv Baker, Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Kristin L Stewart

    31. Tourism and its impacts on wildlife

    Neil Carr, Paul Tully

    32. Human-Wildlife Conflict and Interaction

    Brian J. MacGowan

    33. Oh, the Places I’ve Seen and The Places We Will Go: A Commentary on the Evolution of AAI

    Aubrey H. Fine

    34. The Practice of Animal Assisted Interventions: Exploring the Value of AAT/AAA

    Taylor Chastain Griffin, Jennifer VonLintel, Erin Trella, Annie Kate Hudson

    35. Animals in Education

    Nancy R. Gee

    36. Around the Arena: Equine-Assisted Services’ Foundation in Understanding Human-Horse Interactions

    Aviva L Vincent, Robin Peth-Pierce

    37. Assistance and Emotional Support Animals

    Marguerite E. O'Haire, Leanne O. Nieforth, Clare L. Jensen, Sarah C. Leighton

    38. Handler-Dog Interaction: Role of Operational Working Dogs from Past to Present

    Melissa Singletary, Sarah Krichbaum, Lucia Lazarowski

    39. Working Animals and Human-Animal Interactions

    Tamara Tadich, Joao B. Rodrigues

    40. Human-Nonhuman Interactions in the Animal Laboratory

    Lesley A. Sharp, Garet Lahvis, Amy Robinson-Junker, Larry Carbone

    41. Companion animals in times of crisis: Contemporary evidence from the COVID 19 pandemic

    Jaume Fatjó, Jonathan Bowen

    42. Human-animal interactions in an agricultural and production setting

    Jose M. Peralta, Taylor Haefs

    43. Farm-based interventions considering One Health - One Welfare

    Lena Lidfors, Bente Berget, Karen Thodberg, Anna Lundberg

    44. Public perceptions of farm animal welfare: the case of cow-calf separation

    Lara V. Sirovica, Marina A.G. von Keyserlingk

    45. Human Animal Interactions in Western Art

    Laura D. Gelfand

    46. Sinister Canines in the Media: Animals in Popular Culture

    Margo DeMello

    47. I’ll Get You… and Your Little Dog Too! Animal Cruelty and Kindness in the Cinema Over the Last Century

    Randy Lockwood

    48. Animals in our leisure and pleasure: Research for a more species equitable future

    Carmel Nottle, Janette Young, Torben Nielsen, Kate Dashper, Zoei Sutton

    49. Hunting and the Consumptive Use of Wildlife

    Jacob Berl, Joshua T Wise

    50. Human Animal Interactions with Non-Domestic Animals in Captive Settings

    Petty Grieve, Marcy Souza


    Aubrey H. Fine, Megan K. Mueller, Zenithson Y. Ng, Alan M. Beck, and Jose M. Peralta


    Stefanie Malzyner, Nicole Lorig, Kylie Bell, Morgan Starkweather


    Dr. Aubrey Fine is a Professor Emeritus at California State Polytechnic University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on human-animal interactions, animal assisted interventions, children, and parenting.

    Dr. Megan Mueller is an Associate Professor of Human-Animal Interaction at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University who studies the role of human-animal interaction in youth and families.

    Dr. Zenithson Ng is a Clinical Associate Professor of small animal primary care at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine with interests spanning all aspects of the human-animal bond.

    Dr. Alan M. Beck is a Professor who explores the relationship between people, animals, and their environment. He emphasizes the evolutionary bases for the interactions.

    Dr. Jose M. Peralta is a Veterinary School Professor of animal welfare who is interested in the impact that the interaction between animals and humans has on the animals and their wellbeing.

    "Anthrozoology - It’s such a broad interdisciplinary field!  No wonder this new edited book by Aubrey Fine and his associates has over 50 chapters: something for everyone. I love seeing chapters by pioneers like Erika Friedmann and Susan Cohen, but also new names writing on animal topics related to developmental disabilities, crises, popular culture, leisure, cinema, ecotourism, and, of course, wildlife. This book will give anthrozoology new prominence in disciplines where it has a significant role but is still unknown by many people."

    Lynette A. Hart, MA, PhD, Professor of Anthrozoology and Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

    "If you are looking for a current and comprehensive resource on anthrozoology and human-animal interactions, this handbook is it! Chapters reflect the diverse and interdisciplinary field of anthrozoology, going beyond animal-assisted interventions to also address ethics, animal cognition and sentience, animal abuse, human-wildlife interactions, working and emotional support animals, and more. Authored by accomplished leaders in their content areas, this handbook will be a valuable resource for those interested in the field and more experienced researchers and practitioners."

    Sandra B. Barker, PhD, NCC, LPC, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, EMDR Certified Therapist and Consultant, Founding Director and Senior Advisor, School of Medicine Center for Human-Animal Interaction, Virginia Commonwealth University

    The Routledge International Handbook of Human-Animal Interactions and Anthrozoology is a book many of us have been waiting for! This extraordinary resource, assembled under the guidance of the fields most committed luminaries, covers numerous issues at the forefront of the transdisciplinary field of human animal interaction, critical animal studies and anthrozoology. 

    With a focused emphasis on fairness and justice and forming reciprocal relationships with other animals, this timely and incredibly important compendium to the field of Human-Animal Interaction includes over 50 chapters encompassing the work of more that 100 leading thinkers, scholars, clinicians, researchers, and human-animal bond academic centers. The field of human-animal interaction and the anthrozoology literature, more than ever, has needed a go-to source offering contemporary understanding of the many intersectional and interconnected considerations of our relationships with other non-human members of our families and communities. This book is by far, the most comprehensive array of diverse and thought-provoking literature on this topic, making this a landmark publishing and academic achievement for promoting the relationship between people and other animals."

    Philip Tedeschi, LCSW, Clinical Professor Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Affiliated Faculty and Director Emeritus, Institute for Animal Sentience and Protection 

    "What a pleasant experience: reading this handbook on human-animal interactions and anthrozoology. In a natural and careful way, the editors collected relevant and actual topics to be filled in by experienced scholars and practitioners to teach students and newbies in this wonderful field. It provides a wealth of information and addresses the multidisciplinary character of the field in a transparent way.

    The Routledge Internation Handbook of Human-Animal Interactions and Anthrozoology is not only interesting for students and newbies, however is also great and accessible information for all of us working or interested in the field of human-animal interactions. It is updating us on the latest scientific insights, challenges, debates and best practices in this area.

    I trust this handbook will find its way in many colleges and universities and on bookshelves of many libraries and individuals. Learning about so many perspectives of the human-animal interactions will enrich us and will help us to understand each other and will make the world a little bit better for humans and animals." 

    Prof.em.dr. Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Open University, the Netherlands, President I.A.H.A.I.O. (International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations)