Filling the Ark

Animal Welfare in Disasters

Leslie Irvine, with a new preface by the author
Book Cover

PB: $14.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-835-7
Publication: Jun 21

HC: $31.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-834-0
Publication: May 09

Ebook: $31.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-836-4
Publication: May 09

176 pages
5.5 x 8.25

Now in Paperback—Why the fate of animals in disasters depends on policy informed by compassion

Read the Introduction (hardcover version )pdf.


Praise for the hardcover edition:
“As Irvine argues, we have a responsibility to minimize the vulnerability of animals within our care and those that can be affected by our actions....Aimed at general readers and those interested in animal-human interaction, this book serves as a reminder that disasters put more than human life at stake.”—Contemporary Sociology

Rather than merely planning for the future of what to do when a nightmare unfolds, (Irvine) encourages us to make animals less vulnerable here and now.... This is a book that should be read by many throughout fields as diverse as veterinary medicine, social science and public policy.”—Anthrozoos

When disasters strike, people are not the only victims. Hurricane Katrina raised public attention about how disasters affect dogs, cats, and other animals considered members of the human family. In this short but powerful book, now available in paperback, noted sociologist Leslie Irvine goes beyond Katrina to examine how oil spills, fires, and other calamities affect various animal populations—on factory farms, in research facilities, and in the wild.

In a new preface, Irvine surveys the state of animal welfare in disasters since the first edition. Filling the Ark argues that humans cause most of the risks faced by animals and urges for better decisions about the treatment of animals in disasters. Furthermore, it makes a broad appeal for the ethical necessity of better planning to keep animals out of jeopardy. Irvine not only offers policy recommendations and practical advice for evacuating animals, she also makes a strong case for rethinking our use of animals, suggesting ways to create more secure conditions.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Paperback Edition

1. Companion Animals
2. Animals on Factory Farms
3. Birds and Marine Wildlife
4. Animals in Research Facilities
Conclusion: Noah’s Task


About the Author(s)

Leslie Irvine is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Animals and Society Certificate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her books include If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals (Temple).


In the Series

  • Animals and Ethics edited by Marc Bekoff

    Building on the idea that human and non-human animals share a common environment, the Animals and Ethics ​series edited by Marc Bekoff, will produce a wide range of books that explain animal behavior, show how humans' decisions and dispersal around the planet affect animals'​ ​interests and experience, and propose practical solutions to the ethical problems that arise from human effects on our world. The books will be rooted in the natural and social sciences, but the authors—mostly scientists, social scientists and philosophers—will write for a broad audience, including children.