Iris Bergmann

Iris Bergmann

PhD PhD DipEd BEd
Advancing Interspecies Sustainability.

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Introduction
Interested in advancing the discourse in the interface of sustainability and animal protection. Tweeting about related concepts, ideas and current affairs at https://twitter.com/irismbergmann.
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July 2013 - August 2016
The University of Sydney
Position
  • PhD Student

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This chapter explores how representatives of the thoroughbred racing industry conceptualise thoroughbred welfare, what their ethical underpinnings are, how this contrasts with welfare conceptions expressed by thoroughbred protection advocates and what this means for thoroughbred welfare. The research presented here is part of a larger study that in...
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Globally, the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry is reporting a declining trend. A report commissioned by the Jockey Club in the US, known as the McKinsey report, explicitly linked the public's concern with animal welfare and the use of drugs to declining betting and attendance in the US. In various racing nations in Europe, in Australia and...
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Introduction:This paper describes an audience segmentation study that highlights several areas where current social marketing strategies in relation to reducing factory farmed meat consumption could be more effectively applied. The need to address factory farming (intensive animal agriculture) and meat consumption is supported by a large body of ev...
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How learners come to grips and can transform their thinking about something extremely complex such as environmental issues are addressed with this research. It is argued that the qualities of the visual mode of information processing are of particular relevance for cognition in the environmental context. This paper reports on a study of the photogr...
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At the UN-level, it has only recently been acknowledged that the welfare of animals is not, but should be, part of the sustainable development agenda. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the interconnections between animal welfare and protection on the one hand, and on the other hand, ecosystem destruction, species extinction, the climate c...
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The idea of what is natural has particular relevance in the thoroughbred racing and breeding discourse. It guides breeding regulations; influences how the thoroughbreds’ behaviour is perceived and has implications for husbandry, handling, training and racing practices. This study investigates how key industry and animal advocacy informants based in...
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The international thoroughbred racing industry is increasingly vulnerable to public scrutiny due to its horse welfare record. At the same time, the industry is concerned about its sustainability. The interface of welfare and sustainability however offers little for the horses because of a disconnect between dominant conceptions of sustainability an...
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There is a disconnect between dominant conceptions of sustainability and the protection of animals arising from the anthropocentric orientation of most conceptualisations of sustainability, including sustainable development. Critiques of this disconnect are primarily based in the context of industrial animal agriculture and a general model of a spe...
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https://vimeo.com/199972380. This talk discusses the concept of animal welfare, and the concept of sustainability. It then presents the definitions and dimensions of thoroughbred welfare and of sustainability solicited by representatives of racing authorities, and by representatives of the thoroughbred protection movement. This interview study used...
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Thoroughbreds in racing are exposed to a great number of welfare issues which are an inherent part of training and racing in competition. Negotiating better welfare outcomes for thoroughbreds is complicated by the fact that opinions vary greatly over what constitutes thoroughbred welfare, and what is good for the horse. The purpose of this research...
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The purpose of this paper is to describe the welfare conceptions of international thoroughbred racing industry bodies and situate them in the wider animal welfare debate. The aim is to assess the industry’s future-readiness in light of a changing social and ethical landscape in which animal protection has been labelled the next social justice movem...
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For most of its existence, the thoroughbred racing industry has taken the thoroughbreds and the public for granted. Thoroughbreds die on racetracks and in training and are exposed to a great number of other welfare issues which are an inherent part of training and racing in competition. Support for the industry is to a large part based on notions o...
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To address the role of the arts in the context of sustainability, global warming and climate change, I build on the following ideas: Change for sustainability requires a paradigmatic social-cultural shift toward an ecological worldview based on Whole Systems Thinking. This involves a path to change which is characterised as a learning process where...
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In this section, the theme that stands out is the need to create new images, words and stories that are evocative and relevant for our society and for a life embedded in sustainability. One aspiring source for this new kind of language is the Nhunggabarra people of Australia. In this chapter I use the characteristics of the Nhunggabarra societal or...
Technical Report
This report provides a review of current and recent major air quality community education programs both nationally and internationally to identify those factors which will improve the effectiveness of existing and future initiatives. http://aries.mq.edu.au/projects/airquality/files/AirQualityComEdMar07.pdf
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Learnscapes are a recent initiative of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (NSW DET). They are generally school ground features, e.g., an edible garden, a poetry corner or a wildlife corridor, where a learning program has been designed to permit users to interact with the environment. The learning programs are to meet syllabi l...
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Nineteen participants worked individually on an environmental photography project of their choice over a period of up to ten weeks. A comparison of pre- and post-interviews revealed a development in the conceptual thinking of each participant. Environmental issues were initially conceptualised as issues of pollution, degradation, violation and deat...
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Learnscapes are a recent initiative of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (NSW DET). They are generally school ground features, e.g., an edible garden, a poetry corner or a wildlife corridor, where a learning program has been designed to permit users to interact with the environment. The learning programs are to meet syllabi l...

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This research is about the sustainability of welfare concepts within the thoroughbred racing industry and about the future-readiness of the industry in light of changing social expectations in terms of animal protection. Based within an species-inclusive concept of sustainability, this study aims to identify and compare welfare conceptions held within the industry internationally, with those held by representatives of animal protection organisations. It is envisaged that findings of this research can be applied to other animal protection issues.