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Animals

Project summary

As humans, we are not on this planet alone, and there are many different perspectives on what the human-animal relationship is and should be. From the Blue Empress perspective, animals can be critical partners in community development, whether they are serving as emotional support and personal service animals, search and rescue, farm and working, food (when done humanely) or just family members.

 

Unfortunately, many animals are mistreated and abused due to system imbalances and antiquated perspectives. Here at Blue Empress the goal is to find better ways to integrate animals into community development and support services without increasing risks, such as disease and poor community hygiene.

For example, rather than the euthanization of animals who cannot find homes, can they be trained for specific jobs in the community through partnership relationships in various industries across the community, such as security, emotional support, and other critical needs.

Especially given the role that animals can play as emotional support for people facing mental health challenges, developing relationships within the commmunity may be a way to help get people mental health support and a re-home for an animal who may have no other option, potentially resolving multiple issues in one action.

 

Project status

This project is still in the beginning stages of development. 

Goals

The goals of this research include:

  • Eliminating unnecessary and preventable animal euthanizia, especially as it relates to being unable to home animals or poor (human) training.

  • Creating more inclusion of animals within the community through "job" partnerships that reduce risks in other community services, such as mental health and homelessness intervention.

  • Striking harmful business practices that cause excessive animal deaths, such as over-/mis-breeding, overcrowding and cages.

Expected Roadblocks

There are various roadblocks that could occur since it would require working with animals. Top roadblocks to consider include:

  • Making sure that there is adequate infrastructure to allow for space.

  • Ideology and getting participant buy-in.

  • If considering incorporating animals into the social service infrastructure of the community, participants would need to clearly understand the potential risks of working with animals and be adequately trained in humane treatment.

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