Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future

Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future

Language: English

Pages: 286

ISBN: 0313385297

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book explains how animals shape our lives and our health, providing evidence that a "One Health" approach is the only logical methodology for advancing human health in the future.

• Contains illustrations and photographs to accompany the text

• Includes a bibliography with most chapters

• Features a sidebar in each chapter that presents interesting facts not found elsewhere in the chapter

• Serves as a ready reference for pet owners as well as a text for high school and college students focused on animal science and health, public health, veterinary medicine, biology, microbiology, and virology

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neglect and human and animal welfare can help to protect both human and animal victims and build positive bridges among community groups. The goal of this chapter is to provide an overview of the topic of animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect so that all community members can play a proactive role in addressing it as a critical factor related to human and animal health and well-being in a community. UNDERSTANDING CRUELTY TO ANIMALS Despite their legal status as property, surveys indicate that pets

classified as either a misdemeanor offense or a felony offense, depending on their severity. All of the states have anticruelty misdemeanor laws, and 47 currently treat some forms of abuse as felony offenses. Animal welfare activists advocate for felony cruelty statutes not just because of stiffer penalties, but because prosecutors are more likely to file charges and commit resources to investigate felony charges. Cases of cruelty against animals have been investigated since the earliest days of the

cruelty would be complete without addressing sexual contact with and assault on animals, or bestiality. Historically, bestiality has been handled by different cultures in a wide variety of ways, ranging from severe punishment in the form of death to no punishment at all. Bestiality is believed to be one of the oldest and rarest forms of animal abuse. Kinsey found in his landmark study of human sexuality in the United States in 1948 that, overall, 8 percent of the U.S. male population surveyed admi

well-being and thus fail to fully investigate crimes against animals. While it is true that some animal abuse cases may receive widespread media coverage and outrage the public, that reaction is o en reserved for the most heinous crimes. It is not uncommon to still hear the opinion that it is “just an animal” and that it is not worth using valuable resources to penalize, ruin, or disrupt human lives. Understanding some of these a itudes and reasons why cases are not processed through the legal

small numbers of cats or well-managed ca eries and shelters. Studies have shown that 50 percent of people exposed to a dermatophyte-infected cat will become infected.3 In approximately 70 percent of households with an infected cat, at least one family member will acquire the zoonosis.4 Accordingly, children and immunocompromised people should avoid handling a new cat until it has been examined by a veterinarian. This applies especially to cats acquired from multicat facilities and to ki ens.

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