Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Chicago Declaration

The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) is an international group that hundred of small and large organizations belong to. IAHAIO aims to provide international leadership in advancing the field of Human Animal Interaction (HAI) and promotes research, education and practice development. IAHAIO communicates.

This July the met in Chicago. This was the first time IAHAIO has held it's triennial conference in the United States.  The following resolution and guidelines for action were approved at the IAHAIO General Assembly held on July 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

"Companion animals play a key role in One Health through the documented health and social benefits of the human-animal bond, through the role of service/assistance animals and through exchanging information on the etiology and treatment of naturally occurring disorders in companion animals and humans. Interactions between companion animals and humans can have a positive influence on human and animal health through similar processes."

It seems as if we are coming into a new era of interest in human animal interactions at all levels.  Not since the advent of the field in the 1970s has been been so much buzz, research, non-profit activity and funding available in this area!

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