2010

Simple Summary: One of the issues raised by recent tural disasters in Australia is the magement of companion animal welfare in disaster planning, response and recovery. Official inquiries following these disasters uncovered a number of shortcomings in addressing the magement of animal welfare issues. This article suggests that despite some reform following these events, disaster magement still fails to take seriously the interests of companion animals. Abstract: This article examines the regulation of companion animal welfare during disasters, with some context provided by two recent major disaster events in Australia. Important general lessons for improved disaster magement were identified in subsequent inquiries. However, the interests of companion animals continue to be idequately addressed. This is because key assumptions underpinning disaster planning for companion animals-the primacy of human interests over animal interests and that individuals will properly address companion animal needs during times of disaster-are open to question. In particular these assumptions fail to recognise the inherent value of companion animals, underestimate the strong bond shared by some owners and their animals and, at the same time, overestimate the capacity of some owners to adequately meet the needs of their animals.