Flynn Presents at Two Animal Abuse Conferences

October 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Dr. Clif Flynn, professor of sociology, presented at two conferences, Oct. 19 and 20, 2012.

On Friday, October 19, Flynn spoke at the University of Virginia Law School at a symposium titled “The Current State of Animal Abuse Laws.” The symposium was sponsored by the Virginia Animal Law Society, and Flynn’s presentation was on “Understanding Animal Abuse: Current Laws and Future Recommendations.” In addition to Flynn, the Virginia Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch and the Vice President of the Virginia Animal Control Association, Rob Leinberger, were among the speakers.

On Saturday, October 20, in Louisa, Va., Flynn attended a forum presented by the Central Virginia Link Coalition. His presentation was titled, “Understanding Animal Abuse: A Sociological Analysis,” and was delivered as part of the coalition’s programming to raise awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. This day-long seminar brought together professionals, volunteers and concerned individuals from across the spectrum of public, human and animal services to learn about the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence, to discuss how communities have organized coalitions to address this issue and how a group could be formed in Virginia. In addition to Flynn, speakers included Dr. Phil Arkow of the National Link Coalition and Allie Phillips, director of the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and founder of the Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T) Program.