In the United States and globally, the roles animals play in society are changing rapidly; consequently, several issues concerning human-animal relations have emerged and are subject to intense public debate:
Social ethics, policy, and practice with respect to animals are shifting as well. Faculty and students at the Center for Animals and Public Policy analyze and evaluate how cultural, social, and economic trends are shaping the treatment of animals in policy and practice. They share their insights with students, researchers, the veterinary profession, and the public through education, scholarly and popular publications, public seminars and symposia. Most importantly, the Center furnishes the Cummings School community with a safe forum for fair-minded and respectful discussions of these sometimes contentious animal issues.
CAPP faculty and students collaborate in important research projects that impact the health and welfare of animals in society.