Animal protection works to advance the status and safety of nonhumans. But what if a focus on punitive measures impedes these efforts? This presentation emphasizes the link between equity and social justice for humans and the well-being of animals in the same community. We will highlight legal and policy work focused on realigning our approaches to animal welfare. A series of examples will illustrate how these new approaches lead to better outcomes within the Humane Communities framework.

Continuing education

National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA): This sessions has been approved for the same amount of credit hours as its length.


  • Justin Marceau | Law Professor, Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Research Professor
  • Kevin Morris | Research Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, Director of Research, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver

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