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We hope to see you on Monday, 10/16 at 11am PT for our next Community Conversations call. We'll be joined by members of the Faunalytics team, Executive Director @Brooke Haggerty (she/her) and Research Liaison, @Bjorn Olafsson for a presentation on, "Research in Animal Advocacy: Making Ourselves More Effective and Inclusive."
At Faunalytics, we believe research and data are so much more than some strings of silly numbers or boring old papers – they are tools that are critical to our movement's effectiveness and longevity. Firstly, we'll go over the power of research in animal advocacy more broadly: how we can use it to answer critical questions about welfare and how to make real, tangible change for our furry or feathered friends. Then, we'll turn inwards, reflecting on how data can make our movement more inclusive to all.
#DataandTechnology#Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice------------------------------Maddie's Pet Forum AdminMaddie's Fund------------------------------
Really enjoyed this presentation. As a researcher in my former life, I don't need to be sold on the value of research. I am involved in direct rescue work through our foster-based senior dog rescue org (https://www.citizencaninerescue.org/). I have always wanted to develop a legislative arm to our work as I believe that, given the profound number of dogs (animals) in need of rescue, our efforts only go so far. I would be interested in ideas for a jumping off point for becoming involved in policy work
Great question Karina. While I think information from our speakers or others would be helpful as well. Here's a bit of information on beginning Advocacy-specific work for policy change from my research bookmarks.
Thanks so much, Karina! So great to connect with a fellow research fan. I love what you're thinking. Something we found in our previous research (specifically on animal ag subsidies but hopefully still helpful) was that constituent lobbying tends to be more successful than professional lobbyists in getting politicians to understand an issue (whereas professional lobbyists are better trained to expand or write legislation). So perhaps a program that trains your local community on constituent lobbying would be something to explore. In 2024 we're actually going to conduct research on effectively communicating with legislative staffers, so stay tuned for that (and definitely dive into the study Bjorn shared today on how local laws can have a big impact https://faunalytics.org/local-action-as-stepping-stone/). And here's another resource you might enjoy: Getting Started In Legislative Advocacy - Faunalytics. Thank you for the amazing work you do!
------------------------------Brooke HaggertyExecutive DirectorFaunalyticsCA------------------------------
------------------------------Karina ReyesPresident, CEOCitizen Canine Senior Dog RescueILOriginal Message:Sent: 10-12-2023 10:57 AMFrom: Maddie's Pet Forum AdminSubject: Community Conversations - 10/16/23 - Research in Animal Advocacy: Making Ourselves More Effective and Inclusive
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Thank you so much for this topic! I look forward to hearing from everyone. The topics in the chat were just too good.
Thank you for joining our conversation today! The presentation slides are attached here, and below are all the links to the resources we shared or mentioned during the presentation. Do let us know if you have any questions!
Research Library: https://faunalytics.org/library
Companion Animal Fundamental: https://faunalytics.org/fundamentals-companion-animals
Faunalytics Explains Video Series: https://www.youtube.com/faunalytics/videos
Contact Us: https://faunalytics.org/contact-us
Office Hours: https://faunalytics.org/ask-us
------------------------------Jenna RiediCommunications ManagerFaunalyticsCO------------------------------
Unanswered question from the chat,
"On the fundamentals page, it says the question "Has Your Concern For Animals Ever Caused You to..." and one option was "S/N your pet". The result is a very low 52%, even though over 80% of pets are spayed/neutered and over 80% of people with unaltered pets want them to be SN. So I'm curious to know what the goal was here and what it's supposed to be measuring." - Maria S
Hi Maria! Great question. This data point in particular is from Faunalytics' Animal Tracker, a 10 year longitudinal study where our goal was to analyze trends over time. You can view more in the study's graphing tool (click Animal-Related Behavior to get results for this question in particular).
Other studies get to the higher numbers you're referring to, for example: "81% of survey respondents agreed that spay/neuter is important to control pet overpopulation." Different questions yield different results, so you're absolutely right to engage with research (or anything really that we read online these days!) critically. If you have additional questions from the Fundamental I definitely recommend our Content Director karol's Office Hour. He knows that data like the back of his hand and can walk you through any nuance.
Thanks for all you do!
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