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Past Conferences

Wolves, Bears, Cougars and Humans in North America


  • Photo by Chip Litherland/AP Images for The HSUS

Large carnivores, like bears, cougars and wolves are key to biological diversity in North America. But their existence is under threat from pollution and human activity. Influential voices in carnivore conservation came together at this conference to consider advances in the scientific understanding and protection of these animals, sharing their views on strategies for compassionate conservation, the legal landscape and the skewed composition of state-level wildlife commissions. Promising avenues for creating positive change in policy and practice were also discussed, including reforms in key states to end the trophy hunting of large carnivores. View the conference report.

Conference presentations

The conference presentations are available for download below in PDF format.
 



The Science of Animal Thinking and Emotion: Sentience as a Factor in Policy and Practice


  • Lee Rogers/iStockphoto

Science is making stunning discoveries about animal cognition, awareness and emotion. How can we leverage this information for positive change in government and industry? This two-day conference brought together thought-leaders in the science and implications of animal sentience, and influential voices in the policy and corporate domains. As the bedrock of ethics, sentience deserves a more prominent place in the legislative and corporate landscape. The discussion topics branched across biological, practical, legal and institutional challenges and opportunities for the science of animal cognition in the 21st century. View the conference report.

Conference presentations

The conference presentations are available for download below in PDF format.
 



The Outdoor Cat: Science and Policy from a Global Perspective


  • The Outdoor Cat Conference brought together people with diverse outlooks to discuss conflicts with outdoor felines. iStockphoto

Complex issues surrounding cats outdoors continue to surface as important social, scientific and moral concerns. That's why The HSUS convened a landmark conference in Los Angeles in December 2012, co-sponsored by the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, the Found Animals Foundation and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "The Outdoor Cat: Science and Policy from a Global Perspective" brought together leading experts to take the measure of contemporary science concerning outdoor cats and to advance the integration of such evidence into better policy that protects cats, birds and other wildlife. View the conference report.

Conference presentations

The conference presentations are available for download below in PDF format.
 

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