Who Benefits and What Are the Risks?
Stephen Zawistowski, PhD
Executive Vice President of the ASPCA
February 18, 2010
Dr. Zawistowski is a world-renowned expert on mankind’s relationships with animals. He is often in the news advancing sound reasoning and ethical behavior wherever animal welfare issues are at stake. He authored the ground-breaking text Companion Animals and Society, and is co-founder of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Dr. Zawistowski lead a discussion of the ways people use animals to assist in therapeutic treatments of humans (e.g., pet-assisted therapy, service animals for handicapped, etc.). His presentation included lessons learned from past experiences and an overview of the ethical challenges inherent in this type of human-animal interactions.