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The Animals and Society Institute is an independent research and education organization dedicated to advancing the status of animals in public policy, promoting the study of human-animal relationships and breaking the cycle between animal abuse and other violence.
The Animals and Society Institute's primary programs include three main focus areas, below.
AniCare, a multifaceted, direct-intervention program developed in 1999 to help stop the cycle of violence between animal cruelty and human abuse. The ASI publishes training manuals and conducts national workshops for mental health professionals and social workers; and educates those in the criminal justice system and the general public about this important societal issu e.Human-Animal Studies, a multidisciplinary academic field devoted to understanding more about humankind's complex relationship with animals. The ASI edits two academic journals and a book series devoted to the subject; sponsors a fellowship; and works with academics and institutions nationwide to develop courses, minors programs and more.
Public Policy Series and The Animals' Platform: the former is a series of f ocused information on current topics of specialized interest with the goal of shaping the U.S. political landscape by providing elected representatives, government officials, scholars, media and both animal protection and corporate stake-holders with the research analysis and data they need to inform the public policy debate on animal protection; the Platform is a blueprint that can be used at the local, state and national level to promote new and stricter animal protection legislation and policy. The Platform can be viewed or downloaded, and is available on DVD.