@@The Society for the Study of Human Animal Relations (HARS) is an academic society established by members, whose fields are general, including children and homemakers.
The number of full members has been increasing from 449 at the establishment to 1147 in September of 2003. Membership fees are 5,000 yen a year.
@@Our goal is to establish the healthy community (world) of people and animals, being based on the following ideas: the first is to think and solve various problems and difficulties between human and animals; the second is to accumulate the knowledge and technique concerning animals; the third is to know the nature of human beings. Our animals include not only dogs and cats, but also farm and wild animals.
@@Major activities are to hold events, i.e., an annual meeting, symposiums and workshops, and to publish the journals, the Japanese Journal of Human Animal Relations.
|1. An annual meeting|
|@@An annual meeting has been held every spring since 1995. The meeting has been attended by more than 300 people, and consisted of four sessions, i.e., a general meeting, symposiums, oral and poster sessions. The number of participants and subjects has been increasing every year. In the 9th annual meeting of 2003, for instance, we had two symposiums entitled gGambling and animals: Culture vs. animal welfareh and gPerspective of human and animal interactions in Japan and the worldh, and 34 subjects in the oral and poster sessions during the 2 days meeting. A general meeting deals with the annual activities and the budget of HARS which are discussed with full members.|
|2. Symposium and Workshop|
| @@Symposiums that are different from those at an annual
meeting have been held every autumn since 1995. In 1995 when we had a great
earthquake at the southern area of Hyogo Prefecture and more than 6000 people
were killed, the symposium entitled gWhat happened? What was done at the
Great Hanshin Earthquake?h was held by the HARS and the Great Hanshin Earthquake
Animal Rescue Headquarters at Kobe. About 600 participants knew the case
of the animal rescue and the human and animal relations at the most disastrous
earthquake. After that many Japanese people have been interested in the
human and animal bonds.
Most of the subjects of symposiums concern the human and animal bonds, e.g., gWildlife in the local society ? In the case of the Tsushima leopard cat-h and gAnimal therapyfs whereaboutsh at Fukuoka in 1996; gAnimals in schoolsh at Okayama in 1999; gDogs, cats, and horses: how they feel and what they think?h at Osaka in 2000; gJapan as a paradise for alien species: The current status and its futureh at Yokohama in 2001.
Five workshops have been performed at different places in Japan every year. The subjects have been wide-ranging, e.g., gWhy Japanese women dislike insects?h in January of 1999, gIs an animal an object?h in May of 1999, gThe citizen-based planning of town where storks fly: A trial of reintroducing captive endangered speciesh in January of 2001, and gWhen animals came into the mind of mankind?h in September of 2002. The average number of participants has been about 60.
|3. Publication of Journal and Newsletter|
| @@The Japanese Journal of Human Animal Relations has been
published since 1995 and the total volume will be 13 in 2003. The contents
consist of the special article, the article, the original paper, the report,
the case report, the essay, the letter, and the book review. Although every
people can contribute to the journal, the quality is judged by selective
reviewers. The editor-in-chief is Professor Takuji Okuno. The journals have
been mailed to the full members without additional charge, and everybody
can buy them at 2,500 yen each.
The newsletters of HARS have also been mailed bimonthly, and the number will be 37 this month (in September). The members can know every activity of HARS and the related information.
|@@The HARS has supported many meetings and events concerning the human and animal relations in Japan. Each member also has contributed to enhance the healthy community of people and animals in her/his specialty or as a volunteer. Especially the HARS is now interested in the development of assistant dogs and the promotion of animal-assisted therapy and activity.|
|Name:||Society for the Study of Human Animal Relations (HARS)|
|President:||Osamu Ishida, Professor of School of Animal Science, Teikyo Kagaku University|
|Vice Presidents:||Takuji Okuno, Professor of Graduate School
of Sociological Studies (Sociology), Kwansei Gakuin University
Takashi Amano, Professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture
|Director:||Kenji Wako, Professor of Osaka University of Arts Faculty of Arts Environmental Design Department|
|Board Members:||Hiroshi Ogawa (Tokyo), Mitsumori Kawaminami(Aomori), Ryo Kusunose(Tochigi), Naoko Koda(Tokyo), and others (12 members)|
|Honorar Members:||Michael W. Fox, Benjamin L. Hart, Lynette A. Hart, Jane Goodall, Dennis C. Turner, Bruce Forgle, Tim Ingold|
|Full members:||808 members|
|Other members:||17 corporate and supporting members|
|Established:||April 2, 1995|
|Address:||Osaka Peppy Animal Nursing College
3-8-15 Nakamichi Higashinari
Osaka, Osaka 5370025