The University of Newcastle was granted $10,000 towards their Minding Animals conference held in Newcastle in July 2009. The conference was the first international event of its type dedicated to the emerging trans-discipline of animal studies. Over 500 delegates and artists from Australia and overseas joined activists and academics from the University of Newcastle, and several Australian universities to discuss such varied topics as animals in sociology, religion, history, literature, the law, and zoo and veterinary science. The conference also examined the complex philosophical and theoretical foundations of the interrelationship between humans and animals, as well as examining animal welfare and protection measures taken by governments, universities and the community.

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