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AnthrozoologyHuman-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals$
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Geoff Hosey and Vicky Melfi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753629.001.0001

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The importance of HAIs, HARs and HABs

The importance of HAIs, HARs and HABs

(p.142) Chapter 8 The importance of HAIs, HARs and HABs

Vicky Melfi

Geoff Hosey

Oxford University Press

There are many commonalities in human–animal interactions (HAIs) and human–animal relationships (HARs), which enable us to build a framework to better understand them. Thinking about HAIs and HARs collectively also enables us to consider the costs and benefits of them to both humans and animals, and society more widely. On balance, positive HAIs and HARs are ideal, so should be supported and promoted within our society. But how can we do this? This chapter explores the importance of HAIs, HARs and HABs for us all, and considers how they might be developed, maintained and appreciated.

Keywords:   Anthrozoology, human–animal interactions, human–animal relationships, human–animal bonds, animal welfare, empathy, coexistence

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