Ken Shapiro, Executive Director
PSYETA's long involvement in animal studies--publishing the journals Humane Innovations and Alternatives in Animal Experimentation, Society & Animals, and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; researching our video Beyond Violence: The Human-Animal Connection; Executive Director Ken Shapiro's authoring Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy (1997); board members' many articles and presentations; and other activities--now includes the oral history project Recording Animal Advocacy (RAA).
Founded in 1998 by archivist Carmen Lee, Ph.D., a long-time animal advocate, with PSYETA Executive Director Ken Shapiro on its founding board, RAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting oral history interviews and supporting the collection and preservation of archival documents and other primary sources on the history of animal protection and advocacy and the modern animal rights movement.
included this statement from PSYETA Executive Director Ken Shapiro, in the reporter's discussion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's study linking many serial killers to animal abuse: "'Virtually every one of these kids who ends up shooting up the school yard has a history of animal abuse.'"
Also, "As to the question whether watching a violent act has a cathartic effect on viewers--or is more likely to spur them to imitate it--research has pointed toward imitation, Shapiro
The article observed that several recent popular movies have included acts of cruelty to animals and that those scenes were intended to add humor.
A small dog flies out of a window; a dog is shoved down an apartment building's trash chute; a cat is swung around by the tail: These are a few of the many images the reporter described.
While the article did not condemn cruel scenes in so many words, most of the experts whose comments appeared along with Ken's
stated that including such scenes in movies is likely to have destructive results for human beings and other-than-humans alike.
Says PSYETA Executive Director Ken Shapiro, "DDAL's generosity is sure to have important consequences for reducing violence against our fellow living beings, other-than-human and human alike.
We are deeply grateful."
PSYETA Head in Harvard Magazine
Harvard Magazine published, in its March-April 1999 issue, just a few letters objecting to the magazine's lengthy January-February article on animal experimentation, and PSYETA Executive Director Ken Shapiro's letter was one of them.
The article had downplayed objections to the use of animals in biomedical laboratories.
wrote, in part,
Ken is a 1965 graduate of Harvard College.
Executive Director Ken Shapiro's groundbreaking volume Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy exposes fundamental flaws of psychology-related and other animal experiments.
Society & Animals
: Social Scientific Studies of the Human Experience of Other Animals, a journal edited by Ken Shapiro
, provides articles, commentaries, and book reviews.
Topics: research, education, medicine, and agriculture using animals; entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism, and other popular-culture uses of animals; wildlife and the environment; and sociopolitical movements, public policy, and the law.
Members $30.00 for three issues, nonmembers $40.00.
The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
(JAAWS ), coedited by Ken Shapiro
, makes available articles, commentary and book reviews on effects of captivity on naturally free-roaming animals; how to minimize animals' pain and stress in laboratories; how to improve lives of animals raised for food; and other research by scholars in many disciplines.
Members $17.50 for four issues, nonmembers $35.00.
To order these or other PSYETA publications, visit the order page.
It's a PSYETA Summer!
Summer reading-including Ken Shapiro's
Animal Model's of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy, of course!-is going more slowly than you'd planned.