Cats Outdoors Science and Policy HSI
Keywords: Outdoor Cats Conference, Outdoor Cats Policy, Outdoor Cats Science
Bob Christiansen summarized the tragic issues facing companion animals including the unique challenges (and differing from dogs) of owned, feral and unowned cats way back in 1998, providing solutions and a blueprint for needed programs and actions in his book Save Our Strays. Yet the saga continues ...
Here's the latest conference, this one from Humane Society International*. Perhaps this is the expected continuation of feral cat management discussion mentioned to me at the time of the controversial feral cat workshop at The Wildlife Society's 2011 conference in Hawaii that I shared with leading feral cat advocates.
Join Us for a Conference on Cats Outdoors: Science and Policy from a Global Perspective
December 3-5, 2012
Marriott Hotel, Marina del Rey, California
The goal of Cats Outdoors: Science and Policy from a Global Perspective is to bring together scientists, technical experts, and others with an interest in the constellation of issues tied to the presence of free-roaming, abandoned, and feral cat populations in our world, and to take the measure of contemporary scholarship with the goal of forging a stronger union between knowledge, evidence, insight and policy. The subject of free-roaming, abandoned, and feral cat populations in and around human communities and in other settings has divided stakeholders within the humane, conservation, and scientific communities for decades.
Please come back soon for more details and registration information!
Apparently one presenter on the schedule to date is Dr. Kate Hurley of the University of Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Koret Shelter Medicine Program, to give a lecture on “outdoor cats and shelters.”
* Launched perhaps in late 2010,
the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy (HSISP) works to advance the application of scientific and technical analysis and expertise to animal welfare issues and policy questions worldwide, and to reinforce the importance of animal welfare science as a credible and valid field of inquiry. The HSISP is sustained by The HSUS’s own core group of academic, scientific, and technical experts in animal welfare, as well as outside scientists and others in the field.
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Addendum: about September 28, 2012 the list of players (most of whom I've sent info to or about!) is now available. Download from the link above.