Having grown up with pets, I have always held a strong interest in animals. However, it wasn't until my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and the study of cultural and societal norms, that I really began to think about the human-animal interaction; just because behaviour is considered a social norm, why does this mean it is correct or ethical?
Questions like this developed my interest in our attitudes towards non-human animals. When you stop and think about the way in which we interact with certain species, numerous paradoxes and irrationalities emerge. I believe that as a consequence of these irrationalities, we sanction the improper treatment of animals. I hope that my area of research, which highlights and challenges these paradoxes and inconsistencies in the way in which we think about animals will offer practical implications to raise standards of animal welfare.
Now that I have finished my MA, I am at the start of my career at 23. My previous voluntary experience at World Animal Protection makes me certain that I want to work within an animal welfare charity and this has been strongly reinforced by what I have learnt during my MA. Through the use of upcoming research and studies, demonstrating the capabilities of non-human animals, I would love to be part of the movement that is improving the way in which we interact with other species. Although a job in this this field is proving hard to get I am determined to gain experience, through volunteering or interning, to reach my goals.
Wilkins, A. M., McCrae, L. S. and McBride, E. A. 2015. Factors affecting the attribution of emotions toward animals. Anthrozoos. 28(3): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08927936.2015.1052270
Lucy McCrae, MA in Anthrozoology